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What percent would you say live within a ten-minute drive of the place where you meet? (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 within Short Drive (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent within Short Drive (Demographic Patterns)


Percent within Short Drive by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%17.1%
61
23.5%
80
19.5%
101
30.7%
23
2320.5%
265
26-50%15.4%
55
18.5%
63
25.1%
130
28.0%
21
720.9%
269
51-75%17.7%
63
20.8%
71
17.8%
92
8.0%
6
318.0%
232
76-100%49.7%
177
37.2%
127
37.6%
195
33.3%
25
3140.6%
524
MISSING34853230127
TOTAL100.0%
356
100.0%
341
100.0%
518
100.0%
75
641290

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Percent within Short Drive by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%23.8%
30
21.8%
74
23.9%
84
21.2%
60
15.2%
39
021.2%
287
26-50%7.9%
10
23.9%
81
23.1%
81
18.0%
51
21.1%
54
020.4%
277
51-75%6.3%
8
15.0%
51
15.1%
53
19.4%
55
27.0%
69
017.4%
236
76-100%61.9%
78
39.2%
133
37.9%
133
41.3%
117
36.7%
94
041.0%
555
MISSING753523860147
TOTAL100.0%
126
100.0%
339
100.0%
351
100.0%
283
100.0%
256
01355

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Percent within Short Drive by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%19.0%
144
20.8%
91
39.8%
43
1121.3%
278
26-50%24.1%
183
14.6%
64
15.7%
17
1220.3%
264
51-75%18.1%
137
16.2%
71
15.7%
17
1117.3%
225
76-100%38.8%
294
48.3%
211
28.7%
31
1841.1%
536
MISSING645230119
TOTAL100.0%
758
100.0%
437
100.0%
108
521303

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Percent within Short Drive 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%33.5%
65
18.5%
65
21.4%
132
13.7%
26
21.3%
288
26-50%17.0%
33
21.3%
75
20.7%
128
21.1%
40
20.4%
276
51-75%18.0%
35
16.5%
58
16.7%
103
21.1%
40
17.4%
236
76-100%31.4%
61
43.8%
154
41.3%
255
44.2%
84
40.9%
554
MISSING2349915150
TOTAL100.0%
194
100.0%
352
100.0%
618
100.0%
190
1354

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Percent within Short Drive by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%24.4%
19
19.8%
129
29.8%
89
12.4%
35
34.7%
17
21.3%
289
26-50%7.7%
6
24.2%
157
13.4%
40
23.4%
66
16.3%
8
20.4%
277
51-75%11.5%
9
19.7%
128
10.7%
32
20.9%
59
16.3%
8
17.4%
236
76-100%56.4%
44
36.3%
236
46.2%
138
43.3%
122
32.7%
16
40.9%
556
MISSING2875642151
TOTAL100.0%
78
100.0%
650
100.0%
299
100.0%
282
100.0%
49
1358

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Percent within Short Drive by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%20.9%
173
18.4%
72
31.6%
37
621.1%
282
26-50%23.1%
191
15.6%
61
17.9%
21
420.4%
273
51-75%18.4%
152
15.3%
60
17.1%
20
317.4%
232
76-100%37.6%
311
50.8%
199
33.3%
39
641.1%
549
MISSING863340123
TOTAL100.0%
827
100.0%
392
100.0%
117
191336

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Percent within Short Drive by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%25.0%
267
21.3%
288
22.9%
555
26-50%23.4%
250
20.4%
277
21.8%
527
51-75%21.0%
224
17.3%
235
19.0%
459
76-100%30.6%
326
41.0%
555
36.4%
881
MISSING167151318
TOTAL100.0%
1067
100.0%
1355
2422

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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.