Albany region named 'least Bible-minded' city in U.S.
LogosPost.com News Desk. A new study has named the Albany / Schenectady / Troy region of New York as the least Bible-minded city in America with just 10% of the population claiming they've read their Bible in the last 7 days.
The study, released today by The Barna Group out of Venture, CA in partnership with the American Bible Society, looks at Bible engagement across 100 of the United State's largest media markets and includes interviews with over 76,000 people over a 10 year period.
Chattanooga, TN (50%) was named most Bible-minded city in America for the second year in a row. According to the report, "Individuals considered to be Bible-minded are those who report reading the Bible in the past week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures. The rankings thus reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in various U.S. cities. Nationally, only 25 percent of the population is considered Bible-minded."
Coming in second for most Bible-minded cities were the region of Birmingham, Anniston, and Tuscalosa, AL, followed by Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA. Next at 4th and 5th most Bible-minded was Tri-Cities, TN and Shreveport, LA.
Following Albany as the least Bible minded include:
- Boston, MA / Manchester, NH (11% have engaged with the Bible in the last 7 days)
- Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA (12%)
- Cedar Rapids / Waterloo, IA (14%)
- Buffalo (14%)