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The 10 Cities Where the Most Generous Practicing Christians Live

Whether people are reflecting on what they’re grateful for, celebrating the holidays or planning year-end charitable donations, there are many reasons this time of year becomes a season of giving. As generosity and thankfulness push their way to the front of people’s minds, let’s revisit some key markers of the altruistic behaviors of people of faith. In this article, we’ll look to the Barna FaithView database to find where the most generous practicing Christians currently live. The lists below rank the top 10 giving markets in America, both in terms of nonprofit and church contributions.

The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2019

The U.S. is an increasingly secularized nation made up of increasingly secularized cities. Based on data compiled from FaithView, Barna’s new subscription-based online database of city, state and national spiritual profiles, we take a look at the changing religious makeup of American cities using our “post-Christian” metric.

Denominational Distribution: The Most Catholic and Protestant Cities in the U.S.

Where do main denominations congregate? This infographic lists the top locations of Catholic, mainline and non-mainline churches.

10 Facts About Faith in American Cities

While national faith trends dominate the headlines, they often belie the diverse religious makeup of cities and metro areas throughout the country. To celebrate the release of Barna's Cities & States report, which takes a comprehensive look at the faith profiles of these cities, we've compiled 10 interesting findings on spiritual beliefs and practices among American adults.

The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2017

It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning. To measure the changing religious landscape of America, Barna has developed a “post-Christian” metric which gives an accurate picture of belief and unbelief in our cities. Where does yours rank?

Church Attendance Trends Around the Country

Americans are attending church less, but those shifts have occurred in varying ways and at different rates throughout the diverse regions and cities across the country. Barna’s latest report ranks the nation’s largest cities according to church attendance. Where does your city stand?

50 Most Generous Cities in America

Stories of violence have filled the news cycle of late, making it easy to forget the reality of human kindness. So in the tradition of similar city-rankings, Barna ranks the top 50 most generous cities in America. Where does your city rank?

Do People Love Their City for its Weather?

Although many were hit by Winter Storm Jonas on the weekend, weather ranks low on the list of things people love most about their cities.

2016 Bible-Minded Cities

As the presidential primaries get underway and the election gets into full swing, questions about candidates' religious identity and biblical views are up for debate. Barna Group explores Bible engagement across the United States in the annual “Bible-Minded” cities report for 2016.

2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population

Is America, home to the largest Christian population in the world, becoming a “post-Christian” nation? In a recent study, Barna Group analyzed 60,808 interviews conducted over a seven-year period to measure irreligion in American cities.

Putting Down Roots: Most Americans Plan to Stay Where They Are

While most American adults either never plan to move or aren’t sure if they ever will, at some point they decided where to plant their roots. In a recent survey, Barna studied adults’ relationships to their cities and towns asking why people live where they live—and what keeps them living there.

2015 Bible-Minded Cities

Hollywood has been betting big money that America still loves the Bible. From Noah to Exodus to the forthcoming Last Days in the Desert, a fictional look at Jesus’ temptation in the desert, Scripture has returned to the screen. But what is America’s relationship with the Bible?

Churchless Cities: Where Does Your City Rank?

Churched and unchurched adults are not evenly distributed across the country—attendance varies widely from city to city and region to region. Many cities outpace the overall U.S. population when it comes to church avoidance. Barna's latest report ranks the nation's largest cities by unchurched population.

The Top Bible-Minded Cities in America 2015

In our annual “Bible-Minded” cities report, Barna Group partners with the American Bible Society to explore how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. Which cities top the list? And which cities have the least Bible-minded populations? Find out where your city ranks.

Bible-Minded Cities: 2014

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New Barna Report Examines Diversity of Faith in Various U.S. Cities

How does spirituality and religion differ from one city to the next? A Barna Group study of regional and city-level expressions of faith both confirms and rejects many popular stereotypes about faith and religion in America.

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