When it comes to U.S.
cities that embrace the Bible, Jackson, Miss., is at the top of the list. The
newly released ranking from American Bible Society finds Jackson residents have the #5
highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible’s
A closer look at the findings show a trend
related to population density. Of the top 25 Bible-minded markets, only three
have a population of greater than 1 million households: Charlotte, N.C.;
Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
| Least Bible-Minded
Conducted by Barna Group, the study analyzes 96
geographic regions across the U.S. To view the full list of city rankings, visit
American Bible Society's study of America's Most
Bible-Minded Cities found that while the Bible Belt performed strongly,
Colorado Springs, Colo., deemed the No. 1 "holiest city" by Men's Health
just two years ago, has now fallen to the middle of the pack. And, debunking any
sense of a single, monolithic region, other stereotypically known Bible Belt
cities fell to the mid-range rankings include Houston, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; and
San Antonio, Texas.