What Are Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” USA Cities?

In our previous post, we mused about what Bible Gateway’s statistics would reveal about the most “Bible-minded” cities in the U.S. Crunching the numbers from 2013, we came up with the following charts that indicate Bible Gateway’s popularity in U.S. cities (also see Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” Cities in Canada and Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” Cities in the UK and Australia) while also controlling for population (so more-populous cities don’t dominate the top spots). The charts show some differences between the ABS/Barna data and our own. However, note that we’re measuring different things: the ABS/Barna survey is measuring Bible reading and agreement that the Bible is accurate, while our data show overall usage regardless of how the reader feels about the Bible’s accuracy.

[UPDATE: Read our summary post What Does it Mean to be “Bible-minded”?]

Top 100 Cities on Bible Gateway in 2013
The colors indicate quartiles: the top 25 cities where Bible Gateway is most popular on a per-household basis are dark blue, the next 25 are light blue, the next 25 are light red, and the bottom 25 are dark red. The size of the dot indicates how many relative pageviews per household occurred on Bible Gateway–the cities with the highest usage of Bible Gateway have about five times more pageviews per household than the cities with the lowest usage.

Here’s the complete list of the same 100 cities in the ABS/Barna survey. Many of the changes are quite striking, especially near the top of the list; Washington, D.C., for example, jumps up 77 places, while Atlanta takes the top spot.

City Bible Gateway Rank ABS/Barna Rank Difference in Rank
Atlanta, GA 1 29 +28
Dallas / Fort Worth, TX 2 22 +20
Washington, DC / Hagerstown, MD 3 80 +77
Charlotte, NC 4 6 +2
Nashville, TN 5 13 +8
Raleigh / Durham / Fayetteville, NC 6 27 +21
Waco / Temple / Bryan, TX 7 43 +36
Chattanooga, TN 8 1 -7
San Antonio, TX 9 34 +25
Houston, TX 10 41 +31
Norfolk / Portsmouth / Newport News, VA 11 31 +20
Austin, TX 12 48 +36
Honolulu, HI 13 78 +65
Huntsville / Decatur, AL 14 12 -2
Birmingham / Anniston / Tuscaloosa, AL 15 2 -13
Colorado Springs-Pueblo CO 16 56 +40
Columbia, SC 17 24 +7
Roanoke / Lynchburg, VA 18 3 -15
Tulsa, OK 19 32 +13
Orlando / Daytona Beach / Melbourne, FL 20 65 +45
Springfield, MO 21 4 -17
Kansas City, KS-MO 22 42 +20
San Diego, CA 23 72 +49
Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo / Battle Creek, MI 24 30 +6
Greenville / Spartanburg / Anderson, SC / Asheville, NC 25 8 -17
Los Angeles, CA 26 73 +47
Indianapolis, IN 27 28 +1
Columbus, OH 28 47 +19
Jackson, MS 29 9 -20
Jacksonville, FL 30 18 -12
South Bend / Elkhart, IN 31 39 +8
Greensboro / High Point / Winston-Salem, NC 32 20 -12
Memphis, TN 33 26 -7
Chicago, IL 34 74 +40
Wichita / Huthinson, KS 35 15 -20
Seattle / Tacoma, WA 36 71 +35
Lexington, KY 37 14 -23
Oklahoma City, OK 38 16 -22
Baltimore, MD 39 68 +29
Knoxville, TN 40 10 -30
West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce, FL 41 59 +18
Charleston, SC 42 38 -4
Little Rock / Pine Bluff, AR 43 8 -35
San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, CA 44 97 +53
Dayton, OH 45 37 -8
Richmond / Petersburg, VA 46 36 -10
Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, FL 47 64 +17
Harrisburg / Lancaster / Lebanon / York, PA 48 69 +21
Mobile, AL / Pensacola / Ft. Walton, FL 49 23 -26
Omaha, NE 50 55 +5
Louisville, KY 51 17 -34
Greenville / New Bern / Washington, NC 52 33 -19
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN 53 75 +22
Detroit, MI 54 49 -5
Portland, OR 55 61 +6
Madison, WI 56 79 +23
Baton Rouge, LA 57 25 -32
Shreveport, LA 58 5 -53
Phoenix / Prescott, AZ 59 93 +34
St. Louis, MO 60 58 -2
Denver, CO 61 81 +20
Des Moines / Ames, IA 62 53 -9
Tampa / St. Petersburg / Sarasota, FL 63 63 +0
Cincinnati, OH 64 45 -19
Philadelphia, PA 65 57 -8
Spokane, WA 66 54 -12
Bakersfield, CA 67 21 -46
Sacramento / Stockton / Modesto, CA 68 66 -2
Champaign / Springfield / Decatur, IL 69 60 -9
Cleveland / Akron / Canton, OH 70 50 -20
Toledo, OH 71 88 +17
Charleston / Huntington, WV 72 11 -61
New Orleans, LA 73 35 -38
New York, NY 74 89 +15
Milwaukee, WI 75 76 +1
Paducah, KY / Cape Girardeau, MO / Harrisburg, IL / Mt Vernon, IL 76 19 -57
Tucson / Sierra Vista, AZ 77 82 +5
Cedar Rapids / Waterloo, IA 78 96 +18
Fresno / Visalia, CA 79 70 -9
Flint / Saginaw / Bay City, MI 80 52 -28
Harlingen / Weslaco / Brownsville / McAllen, TX 81 46 -35
Boston, MA / Manchester, NH 82 98 +16
Rochester, NY 83 83 +0
Johnstown / Altoona, PA 84 40 -44
Albuquerque / Santa Fe, NM 85 51 -34
Pittsburgh, PA 86 67 -19
Ft. Myers / Naples, FL 87 77 -10
El Paso, TX / Las Cruces, NM 88 62 -26
Davenport, IA / Rock Island / Moline, IL 89 44 -45
Hartford / New Haven, CT 90 94 +4
Green Bay / Appleton, WI 91 85 -6
Syracuse, NY 92 86 -6
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, PA 93 84 -9
Las Vegas, NV 94 90 -4
Portland / Auburn, ME 95 91 -4
Buffalo, NY 96 95 -1
Albany / Schenectady / Troy, NY 97 99 +2
Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA 98 100 +2
Burlington, VT / Plattsburgh, NY 99 92 -7
Salt Lake City, UT 100 87 -13

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  3. Top Five Passages From Our Top Ten Cities
  4. Top Five Passages From Our Top Ten Cities
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