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01/27/2014 05:38 pm ET | Updated Jan 27, 2014

Most And Least 'Bible-Minded' Cities Of The United States List Released By American Bible Society

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The American Bible Society released a ranking of the nation's cities, from most to least "Bible-mindedness." They classified respondents who reported reading the Bible within the past seven days and who agreed strongly in the accuracy of the Bible as "Bible Minded."

Chattanooga, Tenn. was ranked as the nation's most Bible-minded city, with Providence, R.I. and Bedford, Mass. clocking in as the least.

The top ten most Bible-minded cities are:
  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.
The ten least Bible-minded cities are:
  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

The American Bible Society noted that they found "an inverse relationship exists between population size and Bible friendliness."

Data for the survey came from the results of telephone and online interviews with random samples of 46,274 adults conducted over a seven-year period, ending in August 2013. Sampling error was plus or minus 0.5 percentage points at the 95% level. It was done by Barna Group in partnership with the American Bible Society.

See the results from 2013 here:

Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities 2013

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