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Residents in Augusta-Aiken, Georgia who read the Bible weekly
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Top 10 Florida

The Faith Profile of the State of Florida. The sunny state of Florida attracts vacationers, snowbirds and golfers alike (perhaps because there are more golf courses in Florida than in any other state). In addition, the state has become a haven for retirees, giving the state a slightly older median age. These demographic factors have a strong impact on the Christian community profile in Florida as well. Overall, the percent of practicing Christians living in Florida is around average. Yet, nearly one-third of all practicing Christians in Florida are Elders (ages 67 plus), placing it among the top five states in the nation in this regard. And Florida is the top ranking state for practicing Christians who are widowed. Practicing Christians in Florida are also more likely to be women, to have ever been divorced, or to have a liberal political ideology. Although residents of Florida are not more likely… Read More

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Top 10 Chicago

The Faith Profile of Chicago, IL. Rich in cultural diversity, the city of Chicago creates a vibrant and exciting backdrop for the typical city-dwellers’ regular activities; which for just one-third of the city’s residents includes reading the Bible.  To some extent, Chicagoans tend to be more skeptical and more likely to say they do not believe in God. But this should not be taken to mean Chicago is anti-religion or even anti-Christian. In fact, residents here are just as likely to have attended church or volunteered to help at a church as the national average and they are more likely to have donated to one. One trend that’s particularly exciting in Chicago is the enthusiasm of the young adults in the church. Mosaics (ages 18 to 28) living in Chicago, are 1.5 times more likely than average to be practicing Christians. Practicing Christians in Chicago follow the “big city” trend… Read More

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America’s Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities 2013

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Bible-Minded Cities

From its place in schools, to the public square, to people’s individual lives, the current and future role of the Bible in U.S. society is an often-debated topic. A new release from Barna Group shows how this debate plays out regionally and takes a look at how 96 of the largest cities in the nation view the Bible.

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    Megachurches

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

    Muslims

    Fort Myers-Naples, Florida, has the highest proportion of Muslims (7%)

    Protestants

    Just one in four NYC residents are Protestant

    Evangelism

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

    Church Giving

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

    Importance of Faith

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

    Divorce

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

    Christian Faith

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

    Judaism

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

    Lutherans

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

    Mormons

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

    Commitment to Faith

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

    Conservative Christians

    Lincoln, Nebraska, has the largest population of conservative practicing Christians (65%).

    Baptists

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

    Catholics

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