, for reasons best known only to their editors, did a study to find the 100 holiest cities in America. My hometown, Wichita, KS, is number four. The city where I attended college, Oklahoma City, OK, is barely ahead, at number three.
Men's Health took four measurements into account.
We scoured the U.S. Census and the yellow pages (Yellow.com) for places of worship per capita. Then we tallied up religious organizations (U.S. Census) and the number of volunteers who support these groups (VolunteeringinAmerica.gov). Finally, we considered the amount of money donated to religious organizations (Bureau of Labor Statistics and spent on religious books (Mediamark Research).
You can find the full list of top 100 cities here
Do a quick ctrl+f search. Is your hometown in the top 100? Would you expect it to be? It is surprising that both Portland and Seattle are in the top 25, considering Mark Driscoll calls them the least churched cities in America. Or perhaps Mars Hill has made all the difference?
Personally, I wish Men's Health had listed the bottom 100 as well. It would make for some interesting contrasts and comparisons. Where did your city end up? What do you think about the standards the magazine set for the study?