If you were asked to rate your city or metropolitan area for being Bible-minded, how would you rate it? By being Bible-minded, it means that people accept the accuracy of the Bible.
For the past few years, the Barna Group in cooperation with the American Bible Society have been surveying thousands of Americans across the country and then rating their city/metropolitan area from 1 to 100 with #1 being the most Bible-minded city in the country. Some of the results may surprise you and some may not.
This year’s winners were:
1. Chattanooga, TN
2. Birmingham/Anniston/Tuscaloosa, AL
3. Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
4. Springfield, MO
5. Shreveport, LA
6. Charlotte, NC
7. Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, SC/Ashville, NC
8. Little Rock/Pine Butte, AR
9. Jackson, MS
10. Knoxville, TN
The bottom ten or shall I say the least Bible-minded metropolitan areas in the nation are:
91. Portland/Auburn, ME
92. Burlington/Plattsburgh, VT
93. Phoenix/Prescott, AZ
94. Hartford/New Haven, CT
95. Buffalo, NY
96. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, IA
97. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA
98. Boston, MA/Manchester, NH
99. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY
100. Providence RI/New Bedford, MA
There are several things that stand out to me looking at these lists. The east-central to southern part of the nation seems to be the most Bible-minded region in the nation. On the flip side, the northeast or New England states are the least Bible-minded region in the nation. The New England states are also the ones most likely to embrace same-sex marriage and enact strict gun control laws.
Secondly, only 3 of the top 25 Bible-minded cities have a million or more households and only 1 of those, Charlotte made it into the top 10. This coincides with other liberal vs. conservative views as most major cities predominately vote for liberal Democrats while smaller and more rural areas vote for conservative Republicans.
One interesting aspect of the survey was that 19 of the top 20 Bible-minded cites have Christian colleges or universities. Being home to a Christian college could play an important role to the overall biblical health of the city.
One of the most surprising results to me was to see Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, IA area ranked at #96. I’ll admit that I’m not that familiar with the area, but I always thought that most of Iowa was fairly conservative, but apparently it’s not.
If you want to know where your city ranks, you can find out by visiting The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the U.S. in 2014. You may be surprised at what you find out and please take a moment to share it with us.