'Sin City' Tops Barna List of Most Megachurch-Oriented Cities

Pollsters identify cities with the highest (and lowest) concentration of Christians attending megachurches.

The Barna Group's new Cities research project has identified America's most and least megachurch-oriented cities.

Sin City made the list–but placed in a surprising location.

According to Barna, approximately 1 in 10 self-identified Christians in the U.S. attend a megachurch. (Note: Barna's cutoff is a church with at least 1,000 attendees, instead of the 2,000 attendees used by most megachurch researchers.)

Which city has the highest concentration of megachurch attendees? According to Barna: Las Vegas, Nevada, where nearly 1 in 3 local Christians (29%) attend a church with at least 1,000 attendees.

Barna's top 7:

29% Las Vegas, Nevada

27% Baton Rouge, Louisiana

21% Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

19% Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

19% Houston, Texas

19% Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico

18% Orlando, Florida

By contrast, the least megachurch-oriented cities in America–each with only 1 percent of local Christians attending a church with more than 1,000 people–are:

Salt Lake City, Utah

Toledo, Ohio

Madison, ...

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