Philadelphia Kinda Sorta Knows the Bible

Lots of cities apparently more hell-bound than we are.

The American Bible Society has produced its list of Most- and Least-Bible-Minded Cities in America: Philadelphia isn’t on either of them. But we are on the society’s overall ranking of 100 American cities—and we come in around the middle: No. 57.

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The rankings were determined from the results of a phone survey of 47,000 Americans, ending last August. The criteria for "Bible-mindedness" isn't exactly clear from the ABS's release, but a few good stereotypes are definitely present:

Not surprisingly, many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013. Among them: Providence, R.I.; Albany and Buffalo, N.Y.; Boston; and Portland, Maine.

Along with ranking the most and least Bible-minded cities, the study also found that an inverse relationship exists between population size and Bible friendliness. Of the top 25 Bible-minded markets, only three have a population of greater than 1 million households: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas.

Not surprisingly? Not surprisingly?! Apparently big, East Coast cities are dens of iniquity that ... oh, who is kidding whom? We know lots of people of faith in Philadelphia—we even know a few people of faith, different faiths for whom the Bible is pretty much not the point—and a few heathen as well. Middle-of-the-pack sounds about right. And it doesn't sound that bad.