Congregational QuickStats > Type of Census Tract

The congregation's census tract is predominately urban, predominately suburban, or predominately rural. (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.


Type of Census Tract (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Type of Census Tract (Demographic Patterns)

 

Type of Census Tract by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Urban
45.5%
311
51.5%
222
57.5%
84

42
48.9%
617
Suburban
18.4%
126
18.3%
79
19.9%
29

2
18.6%
234
Rural
36.1%
247
30.2%
130
22.6%
33

6
32.5%
410
Missing
19
0
1
0
20
TOTAL
100.0%
684
100.0%
431
100.0%
146

50

1261


 


Type of Census Tract by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Urban
63.4%
90
38.2%
116
43.9%
297
81.9%
154
50.2%
657
Suburban
6.3%
9
19.1%
58
22.8%
154
8.5%
16
18.1%
237
Rural
30.3%
43
42.8%
130
33.3%
225
9.6%
18
31.8%
416
Missing
19
0
0
1
20
TOTAL
100.0%
142
100.0%
304
100.0%
676
100.0%
188

1310


 


Type of Census Tract by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Urban
58.1%
43
45.4%
270
50.4%
143
48.5%
131
80.7%
71
50.2%
658
Suburban
16.2%
12
20.2%
120
22.2%
63
15.2%
41
1.1%
1
18.1%
237
Rural
25.7%
19
34.5%
205
27.5%
78
36.3%
98
18.2%
16
31.7%
416
Missing
0
19
0
0
1
20
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
595
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
88

1311


 


Type of Census Tract by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Urban
42.0%
230
43.1%
138
58.0%
159
75.0%
102
90.6%
29
50.2%
658
Suburban
17.3%
95
20.9%
67
19.3%
53
14.0%
19
6.3%
2
18.0%
236
Rural
40.7%
223
35.9%
115
22.6%
62
11.0%
15
3.1%
1
31.8%
416
Missing
20
0
0
0
0
20
TOTAL
100.0%
548
100.0%
320
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1310


 


Type of Census Tract by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Urban
46.5%
373
54.3%
177
62.9%
100

8
50.5%
650
Suburban
19.8%
159
13.5%
44
14.5%
23

10
17.6%
226
Rural
33.7%
270
32.2%
105
22.6%
36

6
31.9%
411
Missing
19
0
1
0
20
TOTAL
100.0%
802
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1287


 


Type of Census Tract by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Urban
41.8%
510
44.2%
665
50.2%
658
45.4%
1833
Suburban
14.8%
181
23.3%
351
18.1%
237
19.0%
769
Rural
43.4%
530
32.5%
490
31.7%
416
35.6%
1436
Missing
12
0
20
32
TOTAL
100.0%
1221
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1311

4038



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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