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About what percentage would you say have four-year degrees or more? (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 with Four-Year Degree (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent with Four-Year Degree (Demographic Patterns)


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%54.2%
179
73.6%
243
56.3%
264
55.4%
41
4360.4%
727
26-50%24.8%
82
17.0%
56
24.7%
116
18.9%
14
522.3%
268
51-75%10.3%
34
6.4%
21
7.9%
37
17.6%
13
38.7%
105
76-100%10.6%
35
3.0%
10
11.1%
52
8.1%
6
08.6%
103
MISSING2959103250216
TOTAL100.0%
330
100.0%
330
100.0%
469
100.0%
74
511203

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Percent with Four-Year Degree by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%82.9%
116
73.1%
215
71.6%
232
51.4%
133
30.9%
73
061.4%
769
26-50%7.1%
10
16.0%
47
17.6%
57
27.4%
71
37.3%
88
021.8%
273
51-75%0.0%
0
5.4%
16
3.7%
12
12.4%
32
20.3%
48
08.6%
108
76-100%10.0%
14
5.4%
16
7.1%
23
8.9%
23
11.4%
27
08.2%
103
MISSING61815131240248
TOTAL100.0%
140
100.0%
294
100.0%
324
100.0%
259
100.0%
236
01253

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Percent with Four-Year Degree by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%65.3%
438
63.1%
277
23.7%
23
3161.1%
738
26-50%23.1%
155
18.5%
81
30.9%
30
722.0%
266
51-75%7.6%
51
9.3%
41
8.2%
8
78.3%
100
76-100%4.0%
27
9.1%
40
37.1%
36
18.5%
103
MISSING15150140215
TOTAL100.0%
671
100.0%
439
100.0%
97
461207

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Percent with Four-Year Degree 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%55.1%
97
62.8%
194
69.4%
402
40.7%
77
61.5%
770
26-50%23.3%
41
20.1%
62
19.0%
110
31.7%
60
21.8%
273
51-75%5.7%
10
11.7%
36
4.7%
27
18.0%
34
8.5%
107
76-100%15.9%
28
5.5%
17
6.9%
40
9.5%
18
8.2%
103
MISSING217813817254
TOTAL100.0%
176
100.0%
309
100.0%
579
100.0%
189
1253

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Percent with Four-Year Degree by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%52.2%
36
61.9%
371
85.4%
229
44.8%
124
22.5%
9
61.4%
769
26-50%27.5%
19
22.4%
134
13.4%
36
27.8%
77
17.5%
7
21.8%
273
51-75%8.7%
6
9.3%
56
0.7%
2
13.0%
36
17.5%
7
8.5%
107
76-100%11.6%
8
6.3%
38
0.4%
1
14.4%
40
42.5%
17
8.3%
104
MISSING1013886910253
TOTAL100.0%
69
100.0%
599
100.0%
268
100.0%
277
100.0%
40
1253

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Percent with Four-Year Degree by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%64.6%
486
64.4%
241
23.3%
24
1961.1%
751
26-50%23.1%
174
17.9%
67
30.1%
31
122.1%
272
51-75%7.7%
58
8.6%
32
13.6%
14
38.5%
104
76-100%4.5%
34
9.1%
34
33.0%
34
18.3%
102
MISSING16151180230
TOTAL100.0%
752
100.0%
374
100.0%
103
241229

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Percent with Four-Year Degree by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%65.0%
647
61.5%
770
63.0%
1417
26-50%20.2%
201
21.8%
273
21.1%
474
51-75%9.1%
91
8.5%
107
8.8%
198
76-100%5.7%
57
8.2%
103
7.1%
160
MISSING238253491
TOTAL100.0%
996
100.0%
1253
2249

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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.