The American Bible Society and the Barna Group, the conservative Christian research organization, have teamed up to survey how folks in the US feel about the Christian Scriptures in 2016. This is an annual survey the two organizations have undertaken for the last 10 years. They are based on interviews of over 65k people in the various media markets across the US. What makes a city a Bible-minded city? Cities with folks meeting the following criteria;
The chart below shows the rankings of the cities/regions represented in the compilation of the survey. The top 10 and the bottom 10 cities are interesting. I find it strange that Salt Lake City falls so low in the rankings! I thought the Mormons held the study of the Bible in pretty high esteem. Where does your city rank?
Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures. The rankings thus reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in various U.S. cities.
The Barna Group will also sell the demographic breakdown of the faith profile for any of the surveyed markets.
Both graphics are from the Barna Group website story of the survey.