Congregational QuickStats > Percent with Four-Year Degree

About what percentage would you say have four-year degrees or more? (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 with Four-Year Degree (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Percent with Four-Year Degree (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent with Four-Year Degree by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
22.7%
151
21.6%
85
7.6%
9

4
20.8%
245
10% to less than 30%
39.9%
266
26.9%
106
28.0%
33

23
34.4%
405
30% to less than 50%
15.3%
102
20.6%
81
6.8%
8

1
16.2%
191
50% to less than 80%
16.8%
112
23.1%
91
20.3%
24

7
19.3%
227
80% or more
5.3%
35
7.9%
31
37.3%
44

0
9.3%
110
Missing
37
38
28
0
103
TOTAL
100.0%
666
100.0%
394
100.0%
118

35

1178


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Less than 10%
17.7%
26
16.6%
48
26.1%
160
9.1%
15
20.5%
249
10% to less than 30%
29.3%
43
35.9%
104
37.3%
228
32.1%
53
35.3%
428
30% to less than 50%
8.2%
12
17.2%
50
16.0%
98
19.4%
32
15.8%
192
50% to less than 80%
20.4%
30
23.4%
68
17.3%
106
18.8%
31
19.4%
235
80% or more
24.5%
36
6.9%
20
3.3%
20
20.6%
34
9.1%
110
Missing
14
15
65
24
118
TOTAL
100.0%
147
100.0%
290
100.0%
612
100.0%
165

1214


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 10%
9.8%
6
20.6%
118
41.1%
99
9.8%
25
0.0%
0
20.4%
248
10% to less than 30%
36.1%
22
39.5%
227
37.8%
91
28.1%
72
21.0%
17
35.4%
429
30% to less than 50%
23.0%
14
17.2%
99
13.7%
33
12.9%
33
17.3%
14
15.9%
193
50% to less than 80%
19.7%
12
16.4%
94
7.1%
17
37.1%
95
18.5%
15
19.2%
233
80% or more
11.5%
7
6.3%
36
0.4%
1
12.1%
31
43.2%
35
9.1%
110
Missing
13
40
42
14
9
118
TOTAL
100.0%
61
100.0%
574
100.0%
241
100.0%
256
100.0%
81

1213


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Less than 10%
29.7%
156
21.1%
60
10.6%
27
3.3%
4
7.1%
2
20.5%
249
10% to less than 30%
42.2%
222
32.7%
93
30.3%
77
24.0%
29
21.4%
6
35.2%
427
30% to less than 50%
12.4%
65
17.3%
49
20.9%
53
16.5%
20
17.9%
5
15.8%
192
50% to less than 80%
6.7%
35
21.5%
61
31.9%
81
38.8%
47
35.7%
10
19.3%
234
80% or more
9.1%
48
7.4%
21
6.3%
16
17.4%
21
17.9%
5
9.2%
111
Missing
42
37
20
14
5
118
TOTAL
100.0%
526
100.0%
284
100.0%
254
100.0%
121
100.0%
28

1213


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
20.2%
154
26.5%
78
10.5%
16

1
20.5%
248
10% to less than 30%
42.5%
324
24.5%
72
19.6%
30

2
35.2%
426
30% to less than 50%
17.1%
130
18.4%
54
5.2%
8

0
15.9%
192
50% to less than 80%
16.1%
123
23.5%
69
26.8%
41

1
19.3%
233
80% or more
4.1%
31
7.1%
21
37.9%
58

0
9.1%
110
Missing
58
31
7
0
96
TOTAL
100.0%
762
100.0%
294
100.0%
153

4

1209


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Less than 10%
30.7%
342
24.3%
336
20.5%
249
25.0%
927
10% to less than 30%
37.1%
413
37.5%
518
35.3%
428
36.7%
1359
30% to less than 50%
11.3%
126
16.0%
221
15.8%
192
14.5%
539
50% to less than 80%
15.4%
171
14.7%
203
19.3%
234
16.4%
608
80% or more
5.6%
62
7.4%
102
9.1%
110
7.4%
274
Missing
120
126
118
364
TOTAL
100.0%
1114
100.0%
1380
100.0%
1213

3707



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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