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What percent of the regular adult participants in your congregation are white and non-Hispanic? (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 White (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent White (Demographic Patterns)


Percent White by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
50% or less26.7%
92
30.2%
104
28.7%
146
60.2%
56
3830.9%
398
More than 50%73.3%
253
69.8%
240
71.3%
362
39.8%
37
5069.1%
892
MISSING14456450128
TOTAL100.0%
345
100.0%
344
100.0%
508
100.0%
93
881290

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Percent White by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
50% or less42.9%
66
41.8%
146
34.5%
120
20.0%
55
19.4%
49
131.6%
436
More than 50%57.1%
88
58.2%
203
65.5%
228
80.0%
220
80.6%
203
068.4%
942
MISSING4727261580123
TOTAL100.0%
154
100.0%
349
100.0%
348
100.0%
275
100.0%
252
11378

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Percent White by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
50% or less23.8%
179
45.1%
206
21.7%
23
2931.1%
408
More than 50%76.2%
572
54.9%
251
78.3%
83
3568.9%
906
MISSING713250108
TOTAL100.0%
751
100.0%
457
100.0%
106
641314

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Percent White 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
50% or less23.7%
46
17.3%
63
45.7%
290
20.4%
38
31.7%
437
More than 50%76.3%
148
82.7%
301
54.3%
345
79.6%
148
68.3%
942
MISSING4228120127
TOTAL100.0%
194
100.0%
364
100.0%
635
100.0%
186
1379

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Percent White by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
50% or less23.7%
18
12.2%
82
100.0%
311
6.2%
17
20.0%
9
31.7%
437
More than 50%76.3%
58
87.8%
590
0.0%
0
93.8%
257
80.0%
36
68.3%
941
MISSING36543115127
TOTAL100.0%
76
100.0%
672
100.0%
311
100.0%
274
100.0%
45
1378

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Percent White by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
50% or less25.6%
214
46.1%
182
21.6%
25
1631.3%
421
More than 50%74.4%
622
53.9%
213
78.4%
91
1568.7%
926
MISSING773040111
TOTAL100.0%
836
100.0%
395
100.0%
116
311347

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Percent White by Year


19982006TOTAL
50% or less24.6%
281
31.7%
437
28.5%
718
More than 50%75.4%
863
68.3%
941
71.5%
1804
MISSING90127217
TOTAL100.0%
1144
100.0%
1378
2522

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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.