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Barna Names America’s Most Churched and Least Churched Cities

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Influence Magazine on June 14, 2017

Americans are attending church less these days, but the trend is more prevalent in some parts of the country than others, a recent report from Barna Group reveals.

Just under 1 in 4 U.S. adults regularly attend services. The rest are either unchurched (those who haven’t attended in the past six months) or dechurched (those who were previously active in church but haven’t attended in the past six months).

However, nearly 6 in 10 adults in Chattanooga, Tennessee, attend services — making it the most churched city in the nation. Below are Barna’s rankings for the most churched, most unchurched, and most dechurched cities in America.

Most Churched Cities

1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
2. Salt Lake City, Utah
3. Augusta, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina
4. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5. Birmingham, Anniston, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama
6. Jackson, Mississippi
7. Paducah, Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and Harrisburg and Mount Vernon, Illinois
8. Montgomery and Selma, Alabama
9. Greenville, New Bern and Washington, North Carolina
10. South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana

Most Unchurched Cities

1. San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, California
2. Reno, Nevada
3. Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts
4. Boston, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Portland and Auburn, Maine
7. Chico and Redding, California
8. Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
9. Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Melbourne, Florida
10. Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York

Most Dechurched Cities

1. San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, California
2. Boston, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire
3. Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
4. Portland and Auburn, Maine
5. Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts
6. Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Melbourne, Florida
7. Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York
8. Reno, Nevada
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
10. Medford and Klamath Falls, Oregon

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