Knoxville, Tenn., known for being the home of Dolly Parton and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was named number one on the American Bible Society’s “Most Bible-Minded Cities” list.
With research conducted by the Barna Group, the ABS’ recently released findings were based off of seven years’ worth of telephone and online interviews with a random sample space of 42,855 adults. After Knoxville, the other nine cities on the top ten list in descending order are: Shreveport, La.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA, sharing the number 8 spot; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charleston, W. Va. at number 10.
Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer at American Bible Society, said that the top cities were “those whose residents have the highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible’s accuracy.