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Why Barna Cities?

Cities matter. 

The economic well-being of a nation rests largely on the health of its cities. Likewise, the spiritual vitality of the U.S. is deeply connected to the faith of the people living in its largest cities.

We invest in Barna: Cities for this reason—to provide better information to leaders about the state of faith in their city.

In a lot of ways, it’s more important than ever to understand local trends in light of national patterns. City metrics are crucial. For one thing, faith leaders are facing increasing pressure to provide meaningful contributions to their communities. And as denominationalism morphs into new forms, the most effective leaders will find new ways to partner with each other and serve their cities.

We hope Barna: Cities can help.

Reports

In addition to providing loads of free data and analysis on this website, we are introducing a series of downloadable  reports for individual cities and states. Each report also includes data that compares each individual market to surrounding markets in that region.

Here is what we’ve done: our team has taken $2 million dollars’ worth of Barna Group’s national tracking research from the last five or so years. This represents more than 60,000 individuals who gave about 18 minutes of their time for an in-depth interview about their faith, priorities, and opinions.

Next, we compiled the numbers into data reports on America’s largest 117 cities—defined by the dominant media market. Each of these reports contains about 230 facts on each city, hundreds of population projections and numerous indexes about how each city compares with the rest of the country. You can visit the Barna: Cities Store and browse for your city.

We also have the same types of reports available for each of the continental U.S. states. The State Store is found here.

You can buy the entire set of reports by buying the Cities 2015 and States 2015 reports. Click here for more info.

Need something more customized? Our research team would be pleased to help your organization create and conduct a custom study of the geography you serve.

Contact us at research@barna.org if you have suggestions or ideas. We’d love to hear from you.

We hope you enjoy Barna: Cities.

—David Kinnaman
President, Barna Group

 

 

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    Christian Faith

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

    Megachurches

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

    Evangelism

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

    Protestants

    Just one in four NYC residents are Protestant

    Importance of Faith

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

    Conservative Christians

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

    Judaism

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

    Church Giving

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

    Divorce

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

    Mormons

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

    Lutherans

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

    Commitment to Faith

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

    Muslims

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

    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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