I was catching up on some reading over the weekend and I noticed this new Barna Group report: Godless Hollywood? Bible Belt? New Research Exploring Faith in America’s Largest Markets Produces Surprises.
If I'm honest, I was a bit surprised. Check this out:
"When determining which metropolitan area has the greatest number of evangelical adults, the outcome will shock many people: Los Angeles. The city that produces the media often criticized or boycotted by evangelicals is also home to nearly one million of those deeply devout Christians. In fact, there are more evangelical adults in the Los Angeles market than there are in the New York, Chicago and Boston metropolitan areas – combined! The Barna Group’s analysis showed that although the evangelicals living in the ten most populous markets account for only 6% of the adults in those markets, that group represents one out of every four evangelicals (24%) in the United States."
Now I'm a firm believer in "lies, damn lies and statistics," but the report did make me reconsider my thinking about Christianity in Red/Blue States. (Although I saw this breakdown last year and therefore never bought into the red/blue hype that much to begin with).
See Here are some other interesting stats:
- Sunday school attendance among adults is most common in Salt Lake City, and least common in Portland, Maine.
- The highest percentage of adults who believe that Jesus Christ sinned during his life on earth is in Des Moines, Iowa.
- The state with the highest percentage of its residents attending large churches is Arizona.
- The largest percentage of adults who are “notional Christians” – that is, those who consider themselves to be Christian but are not born again – are found in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
What do you think? Does this change your perception of American Christianity at all? I'm especially curious what our Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston readers think... if there are any New York, Chicago or Boston readers out there. :-)
Tip hat: Web Evangelism Bulletin