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Of the regular adult participants, about what percentage would you say are over sixty years old? (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 60 or Older (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent 60 or Older (Demographic Patterns)


Percent 60 or Older by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%28.9%
100
41.4%
139
57.8%
290
75.3%
67
4146.8%
596
26-50%35.0%
121
37.2%
125
19.5%
98
20.2%
18
2628.4%
362
51-75%21.4%
74
18.5%
62
16.1%
81
4.5%
4
217.4%
221
76-100%14.7%
51
3.0%
10
6.6%
33
0.0%
0
07.4%
94
MISSING135471100148
TOTAL100.0%
346
100.0%
336
100.0%
502
100.0%
89
691273

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Percent 60 or Older by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%35.2%
58
45.3%
143
54.2%
180
47.1%
129
49.8%
125
147.5%
635
26-50%32.7%
54
17.4%
55
26.2%
87
35.0%
96
38.2%
96
129.0%
388
51-75%3.6%
6
31.0%
98
13.6%
45
16.1%
44
11.2%
28
016.5%
221
76-100%28.5%
47
6.3%
20
6.0%
20
1.8%
5
0.8%
2
07.0%
94
MISSING37594115100162
TOTAL100.0%
165
100.0%
316
100.0%
332
100.0%
274
100.0%
251
21338

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Percent 60 or Older by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%48.0%
345
45.6%
207
37.7%
40
4646.3%
592
26-50%29.6%
213
26.9%
122
41.5%
44
929.6%
379
51-75%19.3%
139
14.1%
64
15.1%
16
217.1%
219
76-100%3.1%
22
13.4%
61
5.7%
6
57.0%
89
MISSING1033560144
TOTAL100.0%
719
100.0%
454
100.0%
106
621279

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Percent 60 or Older 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%39.2%
76
45.4%
164
52.6%
315
43.8%
81
47.5%
636
26-50%24.7%
48
24.4%
88
33.2%
199
28.6%
53
29.0%
388
51-75%21.6%
42
21.3%
77
10.2%
61
22.2%
41
16.5%
221
76-100%14.4%
28
8.9%
32
4.0%
24
5.4%
10
7.0%
94
MISSING42511720166
TOTAL100.0%
194
100.0%
361
100.0%
599
100.0%
185
1339

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Percent 60 or Older by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%32.9%
25
53.4%
330
61.5%
193
20.6%
58
58.8%
30
47.5%
636
26-50%39.5%
30
24.3%
150
32.2%
101
36.3%
102
11.8%
6
29.0%
389
51-75%18.4%
14
15.9%
98
1.6%
5
33.1%
93
23.5%
12
16.6%
222
76-100%9.2%
7
6.5%
40
4.8%
15
10.0%
28
5.9%
3
6.9%
93
MISSING31194040166
TOTAL100.0%
76
100.0%
618
100.0%
314
100.0%
281
100.0%
51
1340

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Percent 60 or Older by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%49.6%
406
43.2%
164
41.9%
49
1847.0%
619
26-50%26.4%
216
31.1%
118
41.0%
48
629.0%
382
51-75%18.4%
151
13.9%
53
14.5%
17
016.8%
221
76-100%5.6%
46
11.8%
45
2.6%
3
07.1%
94
MISSING954530143
TOTAL100.0%
819
100.0%
380
100.0%
117
241316

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Percent 60 or Older by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%55.9%
588
47.5%
637
51.2%
1225
26-50%26.5%
279
28.9%
388
27.9%
667
51-75%14.6%
153
16.6%
222
15.7%
375
76-100%2.9%
31
7.0%
94
5.2%
125
MISSING183166349
TOTAL100.0%
1051
100.0%
1341
2392

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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.