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Thinking again of these [NUMBER OF ADULT PARTICIPANTS] regular adult participants, what percent would you say are female? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

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


Percent Female (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Female (Demographic Patterns)


Percent Female by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%0.0%
0
1.4%
5
2.1%
11
0.0%
0
01.2%
16
26-50%20.8%
70
20.8%
74
18.2%
93
37.9%
33
1920.9%
270
51-75%62.5%
210
66.8%
237
65.6%
336
41.4%
36
5263.5%
819
76-100%16.7%
56
11.0%
39
14.1%
72
20.7%
18
214.3%
185
MISSING233361110128
TOTAL100.0%
336
100.0%
355
100.0%
512
100.0%
87
731290

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Percent Female by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%0.0%
0
0.9%
3
2.3%
8
1.8%
5
0.0%
0
01.2%
16
26-50%19.0%
32
17.7%
56
22.6%
79
23.4%
65
22.5%
56
121.2%
288
51-75%44.6%
75
62.0%
196
62.9%
220
69.1%
192
75.1%
187
063.9%
870
76-100%36.3%
61
19.3%
61
12.3%
43
5.8%
16
2.4%
6
013.7%
187
MISSING33582512110139
TOTAL100.0%
168
100.0%
316
100.0%
350
100.0%
278
100.0%
249
11361

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Percent Female by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%1.1%
8
1.1%
5
1.0%
1
31.1%
14
26-50%21.7%
159
21.5%
99
14.3%
15
1621.0%
273
51-75%65.2%
478
60.0%
276
74.3%
78
3964.1%
832
76-100%12.0%
88
17.4%
80
10.5%
11
713.8%
179
MISSING893050124
TOTAL100.0%
733
100.0%
460
100.0%
105
651298

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Percent Female by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
0-25%2.2%
4
1.6%
6
0.7%
4
1.0%
2
1.2%
16
26-50%15.9%
29
20.1%
75
23.9%
147
19.9%
38
21.2%
289
51-75%76.4%
139
59.6%
223
61.1%
376
69.1%
132
63.9%
870
76-100%5.5%
10
18.7%
70
14.3%
88
9.9%
19
13.7%
187
MISSING141310215144
TOTAL100.0%
182
100.0%
374
100.0%
615
100.0%
191
1362

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Percent Female by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%0.0%
0
0.9%
6
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
18.0%
9
1.2%
16
26-50%18.4%
14
28.8%
187
14.7%
46
10.9%
30
24.0%
12
21.2%
289
51-75%69.7%
53
64.3%
418
47.0%
147
83.2%
228
50.0%
25
63.9%
871
76-100%11.8%
9
6.0%
39
38.0%
119
5.8%
16
8.0%
4
13.7%
187
MISSING38742110143
TOTAL100.0%
76
100.0%
650
100.0%
313
100.0%
274
100.0%
50
1363

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Percent Female by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%1.2%
10
0.8%
3
0.9%
1
21.1%
14
26-50%23.7%
196
18.9%
74
8.0%
9
1020.9%
279
51-75%62.8%
520
63.3%
248
77.0%
87
1664.1%
855
76-100%12.3%
102
17.1%
67
14.2%
16
213.9%
185
MISSING863370126
TOTAL100.0%
828
100.0%
392
100.0%
113
301333

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Percent Female by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%5.8%
64
1.2%
17
3.3%
81
26-50%25.6%
281
21.2%
289
23.2%
570
51-75%61.2%
671
63.8%
870
62.6%
1541
76-100%7.4%
81
13.7%
187
10.9%
268
MISSING137143280
TOTAL100.0%
1097
100.0%
1363
2460

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.