The Ten Most–and Least–Bible-Minded Cities for 2016

Craig HueyChurch, Reality Alert, Religious Liberties & The Persecuted Church, Religious Liberty, Social Issues3 Comments

Did your city make the list this year?

Every year, the American Bible Society (ABS) studies which cities are the most Biblically literate and invested. A city in Tennessee has topped the list three out of four years in a row, and three cities from Tennessee made into the Top Ten.

How does the ABS conduct their research? They ask questions about respondents’ Bible reading habits, their belief about the Bible’s accuracy, and other questions.

Here is the Top Ten List for Most Bible-Minded in 2016:

1 Chattanooga, TN 52%

2 Birmingham / Anniston / Tuscaloosa, AL 51%

3 Roanoke / Lynchburg, VA 48%

4 Shreveport, LA 47%

5 Tri-Cities, TN 47%

6 Charlotte, NC 46%

7 Little Rock / Pine Bluff, AR 45%

8 Knoxville, TN 45%

9 Greenville / Spartanburg 44% Anderson, SC / Ashville, NC

10 Lexington, KY

Here is the Top Ten List for the Least Bible-Minded in 2016:

Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York (10%)

Boston, Massachusetts (11%)

Providence, Rhode Island (12%)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (13%)

Buffalo, New York (13%)

Las Vegas, Nevada (14%),

San Francisco/Oakland California (15%),

Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut (16%),

Phoenix/Prescott, Arizona (16%)

Salt Lake City, Utah (17%)

What do you think? Did your city make either list? Email me at

3 Comments on “The Ten Most–and Least–Bible-Minded Cities for 2016”

  1. I was surprised that SLC made the least Bible-minded list, since I thought there were many Mormons there.

  2. I am not positive, but I believe Providence, RI, is where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written by our Christian forefathers. It made me sad to see where they placed on the list.

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