“New England dominates list of post-Christian cities,” by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 9/21/17.
…Research from Barna ranks 100 American metro areas by the percentage of the population it classifies as “post-Christian.” Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts, are both in the top five.
To be considered post-Christian by Barna, a person had to meet at least nine qualifications, including things like not believing in God, having not prayed or read the Bible in the last week, and having never made a commitment to Jesus…
Here are the top 10 with the percentage of residents who are classified as post-Christian.
- Portland/Auburn, Maine (57%)
- Boston, Massachusetts/Manchester, New Hampshire (56%)
- Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York (54%)
- Providence, Rhode Island/New Bedford, Massachusetts (53%)
- Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, New York (53%)
- Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut (52%)
- New York, New York (51%)
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, California (50%)
- Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (50%)
- Buffalo, New York (50%)
Seven of the top 10 post-Christian cities are in the bottom 10 of most Bible-minded, while five are part of the 10 most unchurched cities.
Three metro areas—San Francisco, Boston, and Albany, New York—rank in the top 10 of most post-Christian and most unchurched and in the bottom 10 of most Bible-minded.