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Sorry, Colorado Springs: The Top 10 Most 'Bible Minded' Cities in America

New list by Barna and American Bible Society examines regular Bible reading, belief in accuracy.

The American Bible Society has partnered with The Barna Group to identify America's most "Bible-minded" cities, based on "highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible's accuracy."

Their No. 1 pick? Knoxville, Tennessee.

The complete Top 10:

#10. Charleston, W.Va

#9. Huntsville, Ala.

#8. Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.

#7. Charlotte, N.C.

#6. Springfield, Mo.

#5. Jackson, Miss.

#4. Birmingham, Ala.

#3. Chattanooga, Tenn.

#2. Shreveport, La.

#1. Knoxville, Tenn.

RNS offers a quick photo tour of the top 10 cities.

"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," noted ABS. "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."

More interestingly: "A closer look at the findings showed 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."

By contrast, the least Bible-minded cities (RNS offers a photo tour of these as well):

#10. Buffalo, N.Y.

#9. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

#8. Phoenix, Ariz.

#7. San Francisco

#6. Boston, Mass.

#5. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.

#4. Portland, Maine

#3. Burlington, Vt.

#2. Albany, N.Y.

#1. Providence, R.I./ New Bedford, Mass.

View Barna's full ranking of 96 cities here.

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Posted:January 24, 2013 at 10:10AM
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