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After slipping to second place in 2015, Chattanooga has once again claimed its title as the most Bible-minded city in America, a title it held for three consecutive years before last year, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the Barna Group in partnership with the American Bible Society, is based on interviews with 65,064 adults over a 10-year period and is intended to explore engagement with scripture in America's largest 100 media markets.

Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are defined as being "Bible-minded," according to the Barna Group.

In Chattanooga, 52 percent of the population met these criteria, while only 51 percent did in Birmingham, Ala., Anniston, Ala., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Southern cities continued to dominate the top of the list, with all of the top 10 located below the Mason-Dixon line.

On the other end of the spectrum, the least Bible-minded cities were predominantly in the Northeast. Albany, N.Y., Schenectady, N.Y., and Troy, N.Y., earned the lowest spots with 10 percent of residents who met the criteria.

This city was closely followed by Boston, Mass., Providence, R.I., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Buffalo, N.Y.

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