Interpreting scripture among Christians by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among Christians by interpretation of scripture

% of Christians who say the holy scripture is…

Metro areaWord of God; should be taken literallyWord of God; not everything taken literallyWord of God; other/don't knowNot the word of GodOther/don't knowSample size
Atlanta Metro Area39%40%3%14%5%400
Baltimore Metro Area34%33%3%24%6%172
Boston Metro Area24%30%5%34%8%280
Chicago Metro Area30%38%3%23%7%621
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area46%33%2%14%5%516
Detroit Metro Area37%31%4%21%6%268
Houston Metro Area49%27%1%18%5%366
Los Angeles Metro Area34%33%2%22%8%671
Miami Metro Area39%29%3%20%9%319
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area21%33%5%32%9%248
New York City Metro Area34%29%4%27%7%1,065
Philadelphia Metro Area27%37%2%26%7%501
Phoenix Metro Area37%38%2%18%5%278
Pittsburgh Metro Area34%36%2%25%3%199
Providence Metro Area23%36%1%36%4%272
Riverside, CA Metro Area43%34%2%13%7%272
San Diego Metro Area36%28%3%26%7%219
San Francisco Metro Area28%31%4%27%9%212
Seattle Metro Area37%32%1%24%6%185
St. Louis Metro Area31%38%4%19%8%203
Tampa Metro Area35%29%3%24%9%216
Washington, DC Metro Area31%33%4%22%9%574
Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.

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