America’s most Bible-minded cities. How does yours rank?

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Over the weekend, due to an illness in the family, Glenn was at a hospital in Rochester, NY. While he was there he was having a conversation with the admitting nurse, and during that conversation the nurse looked around, leaned in and quietly whispered “…I just want you to know…I’m a big fan. I’m a conservative.”

“Was he going to be killed if that information got out?” Pat joked.

Probably not killed, but in Rochester, he’s probably not going to be warmly embraced.

One of Glenn’s main focuses for 2013 is community — surrounding yourself with life-minded people and building strong communities. Obviously, this is much easier to do in some places more than others. (Why do you think Glenn’s always trying to get his audience to move to Texas?)

If your a conservative who constantly find yourself having to keep your political and social leanings a secret, Glenn has a list of cities that you might want to consider.

“I’m just bringing this up in case you ever decide, ‘I shouldn’t be living here.’,” Glenn said before going through the list.

So here’s where you need to move:

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Jackson, MS

Here’s the list of places you should NOT move:

  • Providence, RI
  • Albany, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Cedar Rapids, IA

Oddly enough, New York City is tied with Cedar Rapids, and somehow San Francisco fares better than Phoenix.

“That’s incredible,” Glenn responded.

So what makes these cities to great and the others so bad?

“These are the most Bible‑minded cities, and I’m telling you, you need to live around like‑minded people,” Glenn told listeners. “If you’re going to survive, you need to be ‑‑ you need to be able to be around people who understand charity, who understand where your rights come from, who understand, you know, the best way to serve God is to serve your fellow man.”

“It’s interesting that the stereotype holds true,” Pat noted. ”All the southern states are, you know, the Bible‑oriented people, and it’s the New England and Northeast that aren’t.”

Get the full list on TheBlaze.


(Photo: Bama Group/American Bible Society)

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I live in Phoenix and I disagree about it being among the worse bible-minded of cities, for I see almost daily a number of people who thy their best via their relation with Jesus and God by faith and grace to live a true Christian life.

    If you live in one of the cities near the bottom of the list, duly consider that your calling in life may be to witness via your Christian walk for God’s purposes and glory on earth to be fulfilled.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Glenn – if someone lives in the least bible-minded city, God has placed them there at this time for a reason; pray about it and see if you are to witness of Him in and by your life to the community at large.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it boring to live with like-minded folk, where is the dialog, the debate, the adventure thats what make a place interesting.  To live in a city with People that have the same view is like Intellectual communism, just nodding heads and applause.

  • http://youtu.be/xm1F7ub00gk Sam Fisher

    Sometimes we need to reach out to people around us even if
    they try to burn you at the steak for crimes against liberalism. Jesus said
    make disciples of all nations can we truly do that if we make a run for it. 

  • Anonymous

    if you have kids and you’re going to move to one of those five i hope you can afford private school, that or i wish you luck with the magnet school drawings.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Glenn. It’ so easy to just pull up stakes and move. Don’t need a job or anything — just collect welfare or unemployment and food stamps, live in a hovel.

    You might try to come up with something sensible, like encouraging proselytizing those cities by the people living there with the Gospel. Not everyone can just pack up and move, you know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002930584562 Mandy Freeman

    I’d like to say that I hate debating my ideals every day.  It makes me tired and brings me down.  I haven’t been happy in 9 years (coincidentally since moving to the Bay Area). There’s something to be said for standing out in a crowd, but there’s also nothing wrong with not wanting to be verbally pounded on a regular basis. Sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002930584562 Mandy Freeman

     I used to live in the Greater Phoenix area and I also disagree that it should be classed with the “worst” Bible-minded cities.  Lots o’ Christians there.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn – I don’t understand why Salt Lake City was so low – that is the most religious city I can recall visiting.  Is this study biased against LDS followers?  Is it because they have other books beyond the Bible?  Puzzling … 

  • Anonymous

    BTW – as a resident of Las Vegas, I think that city’s low rating has less to do with “Sin City” and more to do with the multi-cultural influx of residents we’ve had over the past 20-some years, as well as all those California liberals who’ve come here to retire.  When I first arrived, Vegas had more churches per capita than any other big city in America, but it has changed deeply since the Reagan era.  Just my FYI.

  • Anonymous

    Disagree about Phoenix.  Gilbert and Mesa are suburbs in the Phoenix metro area and both cities combined have the highest Mormon population outside of Salt Lake City.  In fact, a brand new Mormon Temple is being built in Gilbert (about 30 miles east of downtown Phoenix). 

    Lived in Fountain Hills (just east of Scottsdale) for 12 years.  Lots of churches of all denominations, including a LDS church.  The author needs to do a little more research.

  • Anonymous

    We should pray for all people in these cities and we should pay for revival so that people will realize there is a better way and turn to Jesus for the answers pray for revival in the churches of these lost cities and throughout America it is time for people to repent of the world and turn back to God!

  • Anonymous

    Salt Lake City is 84th most bible minded (13th least)? This study is so bigoted against Mormons.  

  • Anonymous

    It’s less religious than Provo and probably some in the south but it is definitely very religious compared to other cities in the nation. I’m guessing there’s something in the study where at least some if not most/all LDS members aren’t being counted as Bible-minded (however it’s being defined).

  • Anonymous

    Debate????
    Jesus said  ”If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.”
    It means if the people reject and even persecute you for telling the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, don’t beat you head against a wall trying to convince them, they never will be convinced. Move on, and shake the dust of that town off your feet as a warning to them.
    I will pray that Revival happens and not debate…..

  • Anonymous

     
    The area I live in here in Virginia # 29 it is sad to say is at 37% our church will has been praying for and will continue to pray for Revival in our area and across this land.
    Link to Barna map:
    http://cities.barna.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/barna_biblemindedcities_preview1.jpg

  • William Carter

    Really, no cities in Utah rank highly on that list? That’s unbelievable.

  • Anonymous

    I live in North Phoenix and Christ Church of the Valley is totally taking over this city.  Over 40,000 people attended the 12 Christmas Services.  Great athletic program for kids etc etc.  I’m surrounded by Christians in my neighborhood.  CCV stickers on every car!

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t mormons be Book of Mormon-minded?

  • Anonymous

    Well…. I live in a SO CALLED Religious area…. and you know what? Most of the SO CALLED religious people are a bunch of HYPOCRITES. ! ! Period !

  • Anonymous

    He was making an intentionally facetious argument.  Also, he’s making a recommendation of places to go where being a Christian isn’t difficult.  Let me tell you, it can be difficult to tell people that you believe in Jesus.  Ignore him, don’t move, who cares.

  • Anonymous

    I would say so, and as an ex-mormon I think I’m rather uniquely credentialed to make that claim from the outside.

  • Anonymous

    All human beings are hypocrites.  Don’t look at Christians if you want a perfect example of how to act, look at Christ himself and his example alone.  HE was not a hypocrite.  Christians are totally wretched and hypocritical, that is correct, but a Christian is a lot more likely to tell you how lousy of a person he knows himself to be than an atheist would.  How can an atheist be a hypocrite?  He lives only by his own example, he doesn’t need Jesus.  But you knew that already.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t see why this list of Glenn’s even makes a bleep on your radar, why do you care? Glenn IS A MORMON too!  Why would he intentionally slight Utah?  If Mormons want to be included as bible-minded, then why would they introduce doctrine antithetical to a great deal of Christ’s teachings?  Most notably on the path to salvation.  Christians believe that human beings do not earn their own salvation, it is a free gift, mormons believe that there is a virtuous, self-fulfillment of salvation, and phantom golden tablets.  Mormons aren’t Christians, they disregard half the Bible.

  • Anonymous

    I truly believe that the time will come very soon when the government will become unfriendly towards Christian people.  Sooner or later they will try to isolate and persecute them.  If we continue on this path towards socialism, it will trample establishment Christianity straight out of Washington.  Our very beliefs are being taxed already.  If it gets real bad, and I think it will, I’m just going to move in with my family down in Illinois, that’s a mini army of people who trust each other.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTL54AO6XGP4VW3FNIWQNOHDOA Robyn

    Tulsa’s only #52?? You need to visit here again.

  • hecowe

    I’m with you, sista!  I’ve been in California for 20 L-O-N-G years — others have no idea what it’s like to be a conservative among the mental midgets that populate this state.  Unless you’ve walked a mile in our shoes, don’t judge us!  (Said with a wink and a smile — I do feel the need to stand for what I believe; it just gets tiresome sometimes … !)  

  • Anonymous

    Learning what the Bible teaches us is so important, the most important lesson to learn is that Jesus prophecies have come true, and are coming true every day…It is as it is written..100%.

  • hecowe

    My thought also — the only answer would be that the study disqualified Mormons from the get-go.  I thought the same thing — it’s one of the most religious cities I’ve ever visited.  Sad — their prejudices skew their results.

  • jen

    I love your comment – you told Glenn.  That is why Glenn likes those ‘religious areas’, because they are a bunch of hypocrites, just like him.

    These ‘religious’ areas have also lower income than the cities Glenn wants you to avoid.  SF is the boom of technology – they are more into building the world and making money thru entreprenurship than reading on how to believe in Israel only.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YI2JNZDOUQSVB42IISFSAFWASA paulai

    where sin abounds grace much more abounds.we winter in phoenix and found a vibrant,alive,bible-believing,grace preaching church in avondale.faith harvest church,check it out.

  • Anonymous

    The point is missed with the rabbit-trails (while what you said may be merited): There are reasons for concerrn and one needs to see how one feels about having to hide your true feelings.

  • Anonymous

    I lived in Phoenix for many years, but couldn’t wait to get back to Texas where I was born and raised.  There is no place to live like Texas.  The people in Phoenix were not friendly at all.  Was very hard making and keeping friends.  I love my Texas and will never leave again.  I married a Tennessee man and I have the best of both worlds.

  • Anonymous

    I wondered where you lived snowleopard, I love some of the answers and statements you have made.  I love the fact that you are not afraid to use the name of Jesus or God.  Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous

     Last year, I read that Mormons are THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE (ABOUT THE BIBLE) RELIGIOUS SECT IN THE WORLD!!!  Of course, I have not got the study to cite, but..just sayin’…(Don’t knock it until you’ve TRIED it! :) Pax!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.minard Matthew Minard

    how stupid it this….

  • Anonymous

    If we go where hate is present and sprinkle the water of love, flowers bloom where once were weeds.

    Each place where flowers bloom becomes one small link in the only chain that has the strength to bind the beast.

    The chains of love. Perhaps by great effort and help from God we can grow flowers upon the entire Earth that the Beast roam our lands no more.

  • Anonymous

    I really feel that North Carolina is a very good state to live in.We know a lot of very good christians here and very helpfull fiends.We live in a little town and it’ very nice here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWCZ6HLNSS3CWUMH46JCYIP3QI Ramblin Rose

    #1 to No Move to is:  Memphis, TN—–Should I say more?????

  • Anonymous

    Me too!  I’m thinking Texas or north Florida.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004770792117 Bob DeLacy Jr.

    The way things are here in Illinois I may plan on it.Texas sounds like the place I’d go.But now I will remain in the state where it declares THE LAND OF LINCOLN.However you can go places where there is Bible minded people.But you cannot reach the loss from the other side of the street.Even TV is not good enough or internet.Abraham Lincoln never ran away and neither should we.Scary as it is now.Imagine how Lincoln felt seeing the country at war within itself.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree that Shreveport is a good place to live. When I lived in Louisiana 20 years ago, it was difficult. The rich and poor class are the largest, middle class is the smallest. Off balance. Taxes are very low, but it is evident: many, many pot holes that tear up your car. Dog fighting big business, and I would say the religion I saw being spoke were from the black population. The percentage of black and white are very close. The hatred was a like a black cloud hanging over my head. Dog fighting very big, at the time it was reported 80% small business were ran by women. From my experience that means mostly little boys, because the women are running things. I am surprised Shreveport was on that list.  I did met nice people, but the mean ugly people were prevalent. They didn’t hide.

  • http://youtu.be/xm1F7ub00gk Sam Fisher

    Sorry to break it to you it already has.

  • Anonymous

    In my opinion it is most important to live in a community that is composed of people of your own race.  

  • Anonymous

    So very many so-called Christians do not practice their
    faith.  So many have hatred bubbling up inside of them.
    A really true Christian will live by the Ten Commandments.
    Look at the world around us.  The American family has
    broken down because of divorces.  The children suffer.
    There is filth in the way some young people act, dress,
    have fun and worship mechanical devices; phones, i-pods
    i-pads, movies, tv shows. violence, lack of respect and on
    and on.  Now some of them expect the government to 
    take care of their every need.  Some just want to have
    fun at the expense of hard working taxpayers. It is in every
     community no matter which state you live in.
    Look at how many people preach the destruction of life
    through abortion.  Thou shalt not kill.
    Outwardly, many preach they are Christians but many do
    not practice Christianity.  Jesus said do not be like the
    hypocrites who speak of their religion but do not practice it.
    Just going to church on Sundays and Holidays does not
    make you a good Christian.  Look at the way people act; 
     not listen to what they preach.  All you need to do
    is see the bad example being used by some of our elected
    leaders.  They turn bad into good and good into bad,
    Jesus advised his followers to go into their closets  to
    pray (their closets being their minds through meditation)
    and say THE OUR FATHER.  It is in the New Testament.
    So don’t tell me that one place to live is better than
    another.  Church means nothing without obeying the
    Commandments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilyn.mack2 Marilyn Mack

    I agree as far as your surroundings definitely affect you, live in a very congested stressful region, you will be extra stressed. . .     Interesting though, I am originally from IL (Springfield, not Chicago!); however, lived in a southern state for the majority of my adult life. . .    Sadly, living there was like living in a horror story, truly 26 years of it!    Upon returning their this past December to visit, my soul was so saddened, it took me a couple weeks to shake it off (State is Virginia). . . 

  • Anonymous

    I agree with thtat. I was in NYC from 2000 – 2009, when I left and moved to NW Arkansas. I was dissapointed at how prevelant the influence of the left is here. And I have been so miserable ever since. In NYC I knew a lot of different types of people, and dealt with different types of people. Not all were friendly, especially foreigners who seemed to seethe and have a chip on their shoulder. I won’t go all into it. But for the most part people were open-minded, and could disgree with you without getting all petty about it. I had been so happy in NYC, although it was a challenge. But I met every challenge, and felt God all around me all the time. Every day. And God was always with me. I experienced too many miracles to recall. I was glorious. I moved here to AR and have never experienced such set-backs in my life. Everything has been bad. I can’t find work, and have had such bad experiences with such petty people. I can’t tell you what a HUGE mistake it was for me to leave NYC and come here. Nothing has gone well, and I have not felt God at all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/GalacticGal April Anastasia Payne

    I didn’t find Salt Lake City on the list at all.  :-(  What impresses me here, about this city, is the amount of businesses that are closed on Sundays much like places were when I was a child growing up.  It tells me, this place hasn’t succumbed to secularism altogether.  At least, not yet.

  • Anonymous

    I going to move to one, I love fairy tales and imaginary beings that punish us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671026151 Lori Harris-Litewski

    I’ve lived in Phx area most all of my life, & I can say that there are way more Christians than others & WAY more conservatives than libs here- thank God!  Several parts of AZ (more rural areas) are even more God minded & Ultra Conservative – Glenn, come to AZ & see!

  • Anonymous

    I see minnesota is 81 on the list, and I live on the edge of this city.  My husband is liberal, and seldom goes to church, he is catholic as am I.  But we regularly talk about what would Jesus would do, but I see things soo different then he does as he loves B. O. and believes he will save us.  I don’t have those feelings, infact I feel the opposite, we are in deep trouble.

  • Anonymous

    As much as your comment annoys me, and it does immensely, under certain circumstances you have a point…you know like the circumstance of being in prison for instance.  I want to hang out with people I love and trust, and it has NOTHING to do with their race. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure God put you in this place for a reason. Look for it for God is with you wherever you go. And remember: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Sometimes it’s the hard places that make us grow the most in the faith. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

  • Farmgirl

    My family lives there, and there is lots of love there, keep looking! You KNOW God is there, because it is one of the most beautiful places in the country! Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/lynnea_marks Lynnea Marks

    Our family goal is to move to Texas.  I need another year to get out of New York.  The worse move I have made.  May God help us on our journey

  • http://twitter.com/lynnea_marks Lynnea Marks

    I actually live in the Rochester area and so many of us are trying to figure out why Obama won the election when so many in this area are conservative but I do hear repeatedly that our vote don’t count outside of New York City 

  • Anonymous

    I know right? If it’s hard being a Christian in some liberal cities, couldn’t imagine what it must feel like being a homosexual in Jackson, MS or Birmingham!

  • DD

    That is not an argument b/c there is no “controversy” about a religion where the people are to act like the Christ-figure. There is a debate about the health and rightness about a controversy such as homosexuality.

  • Anonymous

    Pray for him Czech! Pray that Jesus turns his heart…both your husband and Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Your name is so apropos to your way of thinking. You actually live in a universe of your own creation already.

  • Anonymous

    It’s impossible to keep any of the Commandments; What we can do is have a personal relationship with Jesus as He is our fortress, our shield and His guidance will help us along with the Holy Spirit for salvation.