Midwest is a stronghold in a study of the most ‘Bible-minded’ cities, and the East Coast not so much

01/28/2014 10:21 AM

01/28/2014 4:48 PM

The American Bible Society wanted to know which American cities embrace the Bible and which cities ... well, didn’t get the Word.

The Midwest and the South, as you might expect, performed strongly in the society’s study,

America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities

, with Springfield, Mo., coming in at No. 4 in the nation.

Kansas City fell in the middle at No. 42. Wichita is No. 15.

Chattanooga, Tenn., rated as the top city in America, followed by the Birmingham, Ala., metropolitan area.

The study ranked 100 cities, and the bottom three are all out east: Providence, R.I.; Albany, N.Y.; and the Boston metropolitan area.

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.

“Bible-mindedness” is a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is, according to the study, with respondents who report reading the Bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible classified as Bible-minded.

The American Bible Society is a nonprofit Christian ministry based in New York.

“An analysis of interaction with and views of the Bible continues to help us evaluate the Bible landscape in America,” said Geoffrey Morin, chief communication officer of the 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.”

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