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Church Attendance: Unchurched
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Over the past few decades a shift has been happening in the U.S.: fewer and fewer people are regularly going to church. Defined as someone who has not attended a Christian church in the past six months, the unchurched now number about four in 10 (visit Churchless for more information and research on this trend). In 2014, the percentage of the unchurched in America was at 43%  while the seven-year average is at 38%. The list below is of the ten U.S. cities with the highest percentages of the unchurched, using the seven-year average from the Barna: Cities 2015 reports. Spread across eight... Read More
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Top 10 San Francisco
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Often referred to as simply “The City,” San Francisco has emerged as a global center for artistic expression, technological innovation, and social experimentation. Unlike many other regions of the U.S. with strong Christian belief and practice, this area has high numbers of people who identify as atheist or agnostic or as having “no faith”—22%, over two times the national average) and significantly low numbers of practicing Christians—those who have attended a church or religious gathering in the last month and who say faith is an important part of their lives—20%, compared to a 43% national average. Additionally, there is low... Read More
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Top 10 Colorado
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Boasting both rugged landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, Colorado has emerged as a state that’s much more than a window to the West. Although 77% of the population self-identifies as Christian, only 42% qualify as “practicing Christians”—self-identified Christians who have attended a religious service or gathering in the past month and who say their faith is very important in their life. Denominational affiliations are also scattered, with various non-mainline denominations making up 26% of the affiliations in the state. Most churches in Colorado are between 100 and 500 members (38%), but the state also has more than its fair share of... Read More
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2015 Bible-Minded Cities
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Hollywood has been betting big money that America still loves the Bible. From Noah to Exodus to the forthcoming Last Days in the Desert, a fictional look at Jesus’ temptation in the desert, Scripture has returned to the screen. But what is America’s relationship with the Bible? In the annual “Bible-Minded” cities report, Barna Group explores how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. The study, based on interviews with 62,896 adults over a 10-year period, shows how people in the nation’s 100 largest media markets view and use the Bible. What Is a Bible-Minded City? Each year,... Read More
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What Are the Least Churched Cities in the U.S.?
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April 24, 2015—The U.S. has a reputation for being exceptionally religious—and it is true that, historically speaking, churchgoing has played an outsized role in American identity. Still, millions of Americans have little to no connection to local congregations. Currently, about four in 10 U.S. adults qualify as “unchurched” under Barna’s definition (38%). Unchurched adults have not attended a church service, except for a holiday or special occasion, at any time within the past six months. Churched and unchurched adults are not evenly distributed across the country. Church attendance varies widely from city to city and region to region. Many cities... Read More
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2015 vs 2013 Top 15 Post-Christian Cities in America
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Whether one believes this decline of “Christian America” calls for a time of lament, or presents great opportunity (or both) for the church, one cannot help but accept the changing landscape. In just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as “post-Christian” rose by 7 percentage points, from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015. Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian—some at a faster rate than others. The Top 15 “Post-Christian” Cities As was the case in 2013, the religiously unaffiliated and unchurched are concentrated in New England and the Northeast. Touted as... Read More
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Post-Christian America

The Most Post-Christian Cities
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Post-Christian Metrics: The level of irreligion in America depends on how you measure it. And the vitality of faith in America is much more than simply how people label themselves. Barna Group tracks the following 15 metrics related to faith, which speak to the lack of Christian identity, belief and practice. Read more of Barna Group’s research on the “Nones,” secularization and post-Christian America. Post-Christian = meet at least 60% of the following 15 factors (9 or more factors) Highly Post-Christian = meet at least 80% of the following 15 factors (12 or more factors) 1. do not believe in... Read More
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The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the U.S. in 2014
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  Jan. 23, 2014 – The social, economic and political values of any given city compose a richly distinct cultural climate—but what about the spiritual values? How does one city differ in spiritual profile to the next? Barna Group’s latest Barna:Cities study, conducted annually in partnership with the American Bible Society, examines a combination of regular Bible reading with belief in the Bible’s accuracy across the top 100 metropolitan areas in the United States. The result reveals a geographical portrait of the most and least Bible-minded U.S. cities. Yet even in one year, the spiritual climate has notably shifted, as... Read More
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Know the Spiritual Context of Your Area
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Barna Group is pleased to announce the new 2013 editions of Cities and States. The following is a brief interview with David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, about how these powerful new reports can be put to use for your organization.
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Diversity of Faith in Various U.S. Cities
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There is little debate that most Americans are faith-oriented people. Yet how does spirituality and religion differ from one city to the next? A Barna Group study of regional and city-level expressions of faith both confirms and rejects many popular stereotypes about faith and religion in America.
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    Lincoln, Nebraska, has the largest population of conservative practicing Christians (65%).


    Practicing Christians in Colorado Springs have the highest divorce rate (36%)

    Importance of Faith

    Shreveport and Montgomery, Alabama, residents are most likely to rank their faith as very important (86%).

    Christian Faith

    San Francisco’s population is least likely to identify as “Christian” (63%)


    Montgomery, Alabama, residents most strongly feel a responsibility to evangelize (58%).

    Commitment to Faith

    Residents of Springfield, Missouri, are mostly likely to say they are absolutely committed to their faith (84%).


    Nearly half of all Harlingen and El Paso residents are Catholic (48%)


    Las Vegas has the highest proportion of churches with 1000+ attenders (23%)


    Just one in four NYC residents are Protestant


    West Palm Beach Florida has the highest percent of Jewish residents (8%)


    Boise, Idaho, has the second-largest population of Mormons (12%), behind Salt Lake City, Utah (49%)


    Green Bay takes the top spot for the highest population of Lutherans (27%)

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    Four out of five El Paso, Texas, and Greenville, South Carolina, residents have donated to a church in the previous year


    Montgomery, Alabama, has the highest number of Baptists (58%)
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