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
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
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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