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-America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities and the Least

by Dr. D ~ January 24th, 2014

American Bible Society

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The American Bible Society in connection with the Barna Group have completed a survey that ranks the top 100 cities in the USA according to their Bible-mindedness. Here’s an article on the research from The ABS:

America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities, our second consecutive study, shows that the Midwest and South continues to perform strongly. Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Shreveport, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Jackson, Miss.; all ranked among America’s top 10 most Bible-minded cities in 2013.

Not surprisingly, many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013. Among them: Providence, R.I.; Albany and Buffalo, N.Y.; Boston; and Portland, Maine.

Along with ranking the most and least Bible-minded cities, the study also found that an inverse relationship exists between population size and Bible friendliness. Of the top 25 Bible-minded markets, only three have a population of greater than 1 million households: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas.

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Most Bible-Minded Cities/2013
  1. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  2. Birmingham, Ala.
  3. Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.
  4. Springfield, Mo.
  5. Shreveport, La.
  6. Charlotte, N.C.
  7. Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C./Asheville, N.C.
  8. Little Rock, Ark.
  9. Jackson, Miss.
  10. Knoxville, Tenn.
Least Bible-Minded Cities/2013
  1. Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass.
  2. Albany, N.Y.
  3. Boston
  4. San Francisco
  5. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  6. Buffalo, N.Y.
  7. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
  8. Phoenix
  9. Burlington, Vt.
  10. Portland, Maine

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Response: The research was complete through phone interviews of over 46,000 adults in the 100 top cities across America. The ABS completed the study to help their strategy in effectively bringing the Bible and its teaching to Americans across the whole nation:

"An analysis of interaction with and views of the Bible continues to help us evaluate the Bible landscape in America,” says Geoffrey Morin, Chief Communication Officer of American Bible Society. "To help people engage with the [Bible], we need to understand where people are starting from."

"We want people to know that whether you live in the least or most Bible-minded cities, the Bible can speak to your needs, challenges and concerns and help you make sense of your life."

Usually phone surveys try to manipulate the data in some way to prove a particular case or issue but this is not the situation here. The American Bible Society actually wanted a verifiable a reality check on the mission before them. Rarely does any kind of research involve as many as 46,000 people so obviously the data represents something more than a passing PR statement. The research should help them in making decisions where to expend their limited resources in brining Bible literacy to America.           *Top

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