Congregational QuickStats > Percent Two-Parent Families with Children

Of the regular adult participants in your congregation, about what percent live in households in which there are two married adults with children living at home? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 20%
27.5%
190
28.5%
117
27.1%
35

2
27.8%
342
20% to less than 50%
35.4%
245
36.3%
149
48.1%
62

29
37.0%
456
50% to less than 80%
21.7%
150
24.3%
100
13.2%
17

9
21.7%
267
80% or more
15.5%
107
10.9%
45
11.6%
15

3
13.6%
167
Missing
11
21
18
0
50
TOTAL
100.0%
692
100.0%
411
100.0%
129

43

1232


 


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Less than 20%
39.6%
59
29.4%
86
23.8%
157
24.3%
41
27.0%
343
20% to less than 50%
30.2%
45
31.7%
93
41.8%
276
41.4%
70
38.1%
484
50% to less than 80%
16.8%
25
22.9%
67
21.6%
143
24.3%
41
21.7%
276
80% or more
13.4%
20
16.0%
47
12.9%
85
10.1%
17
13.3%
169
Missing
11
11
15
18
55
TOTAL
100.0%
149
100.0%
293
100.0%
661
100.0%
169

1272


 


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 20%
10.3%
7
24.0%
144
25.2%
69
42.2%
111
19.2%
14
27.0%
345
20% to less than 50%
51.5%
35
36.5%
219
39.4%
108
35.7%
94
41.1%
30
38.0%
486
50% to less than 80%
30.9%
21
24.2%
145
21.9%
60
16.0%
42
12.3%
9
21.7%
277
80% or more
7.4%
5
15.3%
92
13.5%
37
6.1%
16
27.4%
20
13.3%
170
Missing
6
16
11
7
15
55
TOTAL
100.0%
68
100.0%
600
100.0%
274
100.0%
263
100.0%
73

1278


 


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Less than 20%
36.9%
201
28.8%
90
14.4%
38
11.0%
14
3.4%
1
27.0%
344
20% to less than 50%
36.2%
197
34.6%
108
46.4%
122
37.8%
48
31.0%
9
38.0%
484
50% to less than 80%
14.7%
80
17.3%
54
27.8%
73
42.5%
54
55.2%
16
21.7%
277
80% or more
12.1%
66
19.2%
60
11.4%
30
8.7%
11
10.3%
3
13.3%
170
Missing
24
8
11
9
4
56
TOTAL
100.0%
544
100.0%
312
100.0%
263
100.0%
127
100.0%
29

1275


 


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 20%
27.1%
217
23.2%
73
37.8%
54

1
27.3%
344
20% to less than 50%
38.2%
306
35.7%
112
43.4%
62

6
38.1%
480
50% to less than 80%
22.1%
177
20.4%
64
16.8%
24

10
21.0%
265
80% or more
12.7%
102
20.7%
65
2.1%
3

1
13.5%
170
Missing
19
13
17
0
49
TOTAL
100.0%
802
100.0%
314
100.0%
143

18

1259


 


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Less than 20%
19.1%
206
29.8%
427
27.0%
344
25.8%
977
20% to less than 50%
36.7%
396
32.1%
460
38.0%
485
35.4%
1341
50% to less than 80%
27.9%
301
24.5%
352
21.6%
276
24.5%
929
80% or more
16.4%
177
13.6%
195
13.3%
170
14.3%
542
Missing
154
72
55
281
TOTAL
100.0%
1080
100.0%
1434
100.0%
1275

3789



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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