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REPOST: Which Are The Most, And Least, ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities In The U.S.?

Chattanooga, Tenn., was named America’s most Bible-minded city, followed by Birmingham, Ala., and Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.  Find out in this NPR report how other cities ranked in a new study by the American Bible Society.

A new study ranks 100 American cities according to how "Bible-minded" they are. The top spot went to Chattanooga, Tenn. Several cities in the Northeast and West were ranked "least Bible-minded." | Image source: npr.org

A new study ranks 100 American cities according to how “Bible-minded” they are. The top spot went to Chattanooga, Tenn. Several cities in the Northeast and West were ranked “least Bible-minded.” | Image source: npr.org

In an era of shifting populations and values, the notion of America’s Bible Belt can be a slippery concept. But a new study gives us an idea of which cities can be considered to be part of that tradition — and which cities aren’t.

Chattanooga, Tenn., was named America’s most Bible-minded city, followed by Birmingham, Ala., and Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.

And despite its name, Providence, R.I., was named the least Bible-minded city. It tied New Bedford, Mass., in that slot, followed by Albany, N.Y., and Boston.

Las Vegas, the town often called Sin City, ranked 90th. Another city known for debauchery, New Orleans, came in at No. 35.

That’s according to the American Bible Society, which ranked the cities after conducting interviews by phone and online over a period of seven years.

The group says it asked a random sample of more than 46,000 people nationwide if they had read the Bible in the past seven days. If they had, and if they “agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible,” they were deemed “Bible Minded,” according to the study’s authors.

You can see the complete list at the American Bible Society website. We’ll note that the society is based in New York City — 89th on the list.

‘Most Bible-Minded’

  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’

  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

Several trends emerged from the study, the American Bible Society says. For instance, it “found that an inverse relationship exists between population size and Bible friendliness.”

In the 25 most Bible-minded areas, the group says, only three cities had populations of more than 1 million households: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas. (The study uses cities’ metropolitan markets as the basis for its comparisons.)

And in terms of geography, while cities in the South and Midwest claimed many of the most Bible-minded spots, several in the Northeast and New England were in the opposite category, along with two outliers: the San Francisco Bay Area and Phoenix.

Pastor John Wagner is the head pastor of Turning Point Community Church. Learn more about the ministry by visiting this website.

Providing Small Scale Charitable Work

Part of our society is based upon the belief that as a culture, we have a certain obligation to work towards the betterment of our people and those around us. Charities and goodwill organizations work tirelessly to bring any type of aid, whether it is monetary, medicinal, or emotional to millions of people around the country and the world. Unfortunately, not all of us have the power to extend our reach that far, but there are other ways to help local communities.

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Volunteers of local shelters, food shelves, and outreach programs have learned the benefit of local charities and the effort that workers put in every day. Any large town or urban population will have some amount of homeless citizens or those without enough income to buy food and groceries. By donating time to organizations that help by providing beds or food to any number of those who need it, volunteers have a direct and immediate impact on the community.

Other ways to help improve the lives of others may seem small but can have a dramatic impact on the lives of many. Examples include Pastor John Wagner of Texas, who leads the Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock. Pastor John Wagner and his group travel around the state and country to donate time and supplies in any they can. They have brought bottled water to the thirsty in extreme heat and quarters to Laundromats in poor neighborhoods. While the gestures may be smaller than that of large charitable organizations, the effects are felt immediately by anyone who needs assistance.

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Of course, many people want to help others but may not have the time or money to contribute. If financial concerns are preventing charitable work, donate time by working with existing groups that aim to improve lives. If time is a commodity, any monetary donation, regardless of the size, will help any charity. For more information, contact local charitable groups and ask what can be done to improve local communities.