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America’s Least ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities

America’s Least ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities

Evidently, there are people throughout New England with some overdue Sunday School homework.

The American Bible Society and Barna Group recently released their annual look at which cities are “Bible- minded.” The survey asked tens of thousands of Americans how frequently they read the Good Book and how accurate they think it is.

The most “Bible-minded” cities list didn’t contain many major surprises: For the second year a row, Tennessee made a strong showing (Chattanooga took the top spot. Knoxville—2012’s no. 1 city, was 10th this year), and all top 10 cities were in the South.

The cities at the other end of the spectrum were more spread out. While seven were in the Northeast (topped by the ironically named Providence), the other nonscripture reading areas are spread throughout the rest of the country, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Phoenix and San Francisco.

###The Least “Bible-Minded” Cities

1. Providence, R.I. / New Bedford, Mass.

2. Albany, N.Y.

3. Boston, Mass.

4. San Francisco, Calif.

5. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

6. Buffalo, N.Y.

7. Hartford, Conn.

8. Phoenix, Ariz.

9. Burlington, Vt.

10. Portland, Maine

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