A new study reveals which U.S. cities have the highest and lowest concentration of megachurch attenders among the Christian population.
Only 10 percent of self-identified Christians in the United States attend megachurches - defined in the new Barna Group study as congregations of 1,000 people or more - though the concentration of megachurch attenders varies from city to city.
Las Vegas has the highest percentage of megachurch attenders, with 29 percent of Christians in the market attending these large churches. Baton Rouge, La., is second on the list (27 percent) and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (21 percent) is third.
Other cities situated at the top of the list include Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (19 percent), Houston, Texas (19 percent), Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M. (19 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (18 percent).
The three cities at the bottom of the list, with the lowest percentage of megachurch attenders among Christians in the market (1 percent each), were Salt Lake City, Utah, Toledo, Ohio and Madison, Wis.
The Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif.-based research organization, published the study's findings on its new Barna: Cities website. David Kinnaman, president of the organization, says the site is designed to help people minister and lead more effectively by obtaining faith-related information specific to their city or region.
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SOURCE: Christian Post