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What percentage of the regular adult participants would you say are under thirty-five 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 under 35 (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent under 35 (Demographic Patterns)


Percent under 35 by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%80.7%
268
60.6%
214
58.1%
302
21.4%
18
4562.2%
802
26-50%18.4%
61
36.5%
129
33.8%
176
50.0%
42
1731.7%
408
51-75%0.6%
2
2.0%
7
4.4%
23
15.5%
13
53.5%
45
76-100%0.3%
1
0.8%
3
3.7%
19
13.1%
11
52.6%
34
MISSING273552140128
TOTAL100.0%
332
100.0%
353
100.0%
520
100.0%
84
721289

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Percent under 35 by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%80.2%
142
65.3%
203
61.8%
214
57.2%
159
51.2%
128
062.1%
846
26-50%10.7%
19
28.3%
88
32.1%
111
35.3%
98
43.6%
109
131.2%
425
51-75%0.0%
0
3.2%
10
4.0%
14
5.0%
14
4.4%
11
03.6%
49
76-100%9.0%
16
3.2%
10
2.0%
7
2.5%
7
0.8%
2
03.1%
42
MISSING24633013110141
TOTAL100.0%
177
100.0%
311
100.0%
346
100.0%
278
100.0%
250
11362

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Percent under 35 by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%58.3%
423
65.8%
306
80.2%
85
3362.8%
814
26-50%33.1%
240
31.6%
147
16.0%
17
2231.1%
404
51-75%5.5%
40
1.1%
5
1.9%
2
23.6%
47
76-100%3.2%
23
1.5%
7
1.9%
2
82.5%
32
MISSING972440125
TOTAL100.0%
726
100.0%
465
100.0%
106
651297

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Percent under 35 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%75.3%
140
62.1%
220
59.9%
375
57.4%
112
62.2%
847
26-50%21.0%
39
27.7%
98
34.0%
213
38.5%
75
31.2%
425
51-75%2.7%
5
4.0%
14
3.5%
22
3.6%
7
3.5%
48
76-100%1.1%
2
6.2%
22
2.6%
16
0.5%
1
3.0%
41
MISSING12339011146
TOTAL100.0%
186
100.0%
354
100.0%
626
100.0%
195
1361

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Percent under 35 by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%61.3%
46
56.1%
361
53.6%
173
86.7%
234
65.3%
32
62.2%
846
26-50%32.0%
24
37.0%
238
35.6%
115
12.6%
34
28.6%
14
31.3%
425
51-75%2.7%
2
5.4%
35
2.8%
9
0.4%
1
4.1%
2
3.6%
49
76-100%4.0%
3
1.4%
9
8.0%
26
0.4%
1
2.0%
1
2.9%
40
MISSING59331151145
TOTAL100.0%
75
100.0%
643
100.0%
323
100.0%
270
100.0%
49
1360

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Percent under 35 by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%58.1%
480
67.9%
265
75.9%
88
1362.5%
833
26-50%34.6%
286
28.2%
110
19.8%
23
731.5%
419
51-75%4.4%
36
2.6%
10
1.7%
2
03.6%
48
76-100%2.9%
24
1.3%
5
2.6%
3
82.4%
32
MISSING883540127
TOTAL100.0%
826
100.0%
390
100.0%
116
281332

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Percent under 35 by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%55.5%
584
62.2%
846
59.2%
1430
26-50%37.0%
390
31.3%
426
33.8%
816
51-75%4.3%
45
3.6%
49
3.9%
94
76-100%3.2%
34
2.9%
40
3.1%
74
MISSING182145327
TOTAL100.0%
1053
100.0%
1361
2414

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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.