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Of the regular adult participants in your congregation, about what percent live in households in which there are two married adults with children living at home? (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 Two-Parent Families with Children (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children (Demographic Patterns)


Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%52.7%
168
44.5%
149
36.7%
179
18.1%
13
3041.9%
509
26-50%25.4%
81
30.7%
103
29.1%
142
27.8%
20
1528.5%
346
51-75%12.9%
41
15.8%
53
18.4%
90
18.1%
13
616.2%
197
76-100%9.1%
29
9.0%
30
15.8%
77
36.1%
26
1713.3%
162
MISSING415484270206
TOTAL100.0%
319
100.0%
335
100.0%
488
100.0%
72
681214

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%92.0%
138
43.2%
126
48.9%
162
27.4%
73
15.8%
38
042.0%
537
26-50%2.7%
4
23.3%
68
27.2%
90
38.7%
103
39.8%
96
028.2%
361
51-75%0.0%
0
14.0%
41
10.0%
33
20.3%
54
31.1%
75
015.9%
203
76-100%5.3%
8
19.5%
57
13.9%
46
13.5%
36
13.3%
32
014.0%
179
MISSING51824423200220
TOTAL100.0%
150
100.0%
292
100.0%
331
100.0%
266
100.0%
241
01280

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%37.9%
264
47.7%
206
51.1%
47
2242.4%
517
26-50%31.2%
217
23.8%
103
28.3%
26
1528.4%
346
51-75%16.7%
116
14.8%
64
14.1%
13
1015.8%
193
76-100%14.2%
99
13.7%
59
6.5%
6
1413.4%
164
MISSING12657190202
TOTAL100.0%
696
100.0%
432
100.0%
92
611220

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children 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%56.8%
100
38.5%
126
42.1%
251
33.7%
61
42.0%
538
26-50%22.7%
40
37.6%
123
24.8%
148
27.6%
50
28.2%
361
51-75%12.5%
22
15.0%
49
15.1%
90
23.2%
42
15.9%
203
76-100%8.0%
14
8.9%
29
18.0%
107
15.5%
28
13.9%
178
MISSING215912025225
TOTAL100.0%
176
100.0%
327
100.0%
596
100.0%
181
1280

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%39.4%
28
31.0%
193
58.9%
175
53.0%
131
26.2%
11
42.0%
538
26-50%31.0%
22
29.4%
183
22.6%
67
30.0%
74
35.7%
15
28.2%
361
51-75%19.7%
14
21.0%
131
10.4%
31
10.1%
25
4.8%
2
15.9%
203
76-100%9.9%
7
18.6%
116
8.1%
24
6.9%
17
33.3%
14
13.9%
178
MISSING911458368225
TOTAL100.0%
71
100.0%
623
100.0%
297
100.0%
247
100.0%
42
1280

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%38.6%
295
49.2%
191
41.6%
42
1042.1%
528
26-50%29.7%
227
25.8%
100
26.7%
27
628.2%
354
51-75%17.5%
134
10.3%
40
23.8%
24
515.8%
198
76-100%14.2%
109
14.7%
57
7.9%
8
513.9%
174
MISSING14937190205
TOTAL100.0%
765
100.0%
388
100.0%
101
261254

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Percent Two-Parent Families with Children by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%34.8%
318
42.0%
538
39.0%
856
26-50%31.4%
287
28.2%
361
29.5%
648
51-75%16.3%
149
15.8%
203
16.0%
352
76-100%17.5%
160
14.0%
179
15.4%
339
MISSING320225545
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
1281
2195

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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.