2015's Most (and Least) Bible-Minded Cities

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2015's Most (and Least) Bible-Minded Cities

By Anna Dembowski As NBC's A.D. The Bible Continues wraps up June 21, some are hoping for a second season. But other Americans just aren't entertained by the Bible. According to Barna Group and the American Bible Society, it depends on where you live. The groups compiled a list of the top Bible-minded cities from the nation's top media markets in 2015. Bible-minded individuals "report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches." Biblical engagement and esteem is at a high in these top-ranked cities. Birmingham and Providence bookend the nation, the later being the least Bible-minded city. Just nine percent of Providence residents qualify as Bible-minded -- a stark contrast from Birmingham's 51 percent of residents. The least Bible-minded cities place highly on Barna's list of "America's Top Churchless Cities." The San Francisco Bay area takes that top spot. The top Bible-minded cities are in the heart of the Bible Belt, southern and soulful to their core. These cities tend to be politically conservative states with a fair representation of Bible-toting evangelical Protestants and Protestant-based higher education. Here's a selection of the nation's most and least Bible-minded cities. Anna Dembowski is a 2015 National Journalism Center intern at RealClearReligion.

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