Dueling Top 10 Lists: Gallup's 'Most Religious' Cities vs Barna's 'Most Bible-Minded' Cities

Only two American cities rank in the top 10 on both lists.

Mississippi may be the most religious state in America, but new Gallup stats reveal the most religious city in the United States isn't even in the Bible Belt. It's in Utah.

According to Gallup, Provo-Orem is the most religious U.S. metro area, with 77 percent of residents identifying as "very religious." That's a full 13 percentage points higher than the second-ranked city–Montgomery, Alabama–where 64 percent of residents say they are very religious.

Of the top 10 most religious cities identified by Gallup, only three are outside of the South: Provo-Orem; Ogden-Clearfield, Utah; and Holland-Grand Haven, Mich.

But of greater interest, Gallup's list looks significantly different from one released by Barna Group and American Bible Society earlier this year. Barna's list of America's most "Bible-minded" cities, based on "highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible's accuracy," listed Knoxville, Tenn., as the top city. However, Gallup's ranking shows that fewer than ...

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