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