According to the American Bible Society, Charlote ranks sixth in a list of the 100 most and least “Bible-minded” cities.

TIME magazine reported on the list on Wednesday.

The society defined “Bible-mindedness” as a combination of how often survey participatns said they read their Bibles and how accurate they think the text and stories of the Bible are.

“Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as ‘Bible Minded,’” the society’s report reads.

The top five most “Bible-minded” cities are, unsurprisingly, southern, including, in order from most to least: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.; Springfield, Mo.; and Shreveport, La.

Charlotte came in sixth, following by the Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., and Asheville, N.C., metro area. North Carolina’s Triad area came in at 20, with Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill falling at 27 and Greenville/New Bern/Washington, N.C. at 33.

The least “Bible-minded” cities included, from most to least: Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, Iowa; San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.; Boston, Mass., and Manchester, N.H.; and Providence, R.I., and New Bedford, Mass.


Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.