Longitudinal Religious Congregations and Membership File, 1980-2010 (County Level)

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Aggregated county FIPS code -- See Appendix C for details (FIPSMERG)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL27671629919.49815131
2) County name in 2010 (CNTYNM)
3) State abbreviation (STATEAB)
4) Year of data collection (YEAR)
TOTAL%
1980) 5527220.0
1990) 6337822.9
2000) 7030125.4
2010) 8776531.7
TOTAL276716100.0
5) Total population (TOTPOP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL276716204825.437552393
6) Religious group three-digit code (GROUPCODE) (GRPCODE)
7) Religious group name description GROUPNAME) (GRPNAME)
8) Number of adherents (ADHERENTS) (ADHERENT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2615322277.86921233
9) Number of congregations (CONGREGATIONS) (CONGREG)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2752264.82323
10) Religious tradition category - based on Steensland et al (2000) (RELTRAD)
TOTAL%
1) Evangelical Protestant14441252.2
2) Mainline Protestant8090929.2
3) Catholic118034.3
4) Other267569.7
5) Orthodox47941.7
6) Black Protestant80422.9
TOTAL276716100.0
11) Religious family category - created by theARDA.com (FAMILY)
TOTAL%
87) Catholicism118244.3
88) Episcopalianism/Anglicanism169686.2
89) Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox)47941.8
90) Lutheran251969.2
91) Presbyterian-Reformed249579.1
92) Methodist/Pietist265779.7
93) Holiness224268.2
94) Pentecostal3309312.1
95) European Free-Church141585.2
96) Baptist3376712.4
97) Independent Fundamentalist18680.7
98) Adventist103143.8
99) Liberal22590.8
100) Latter-day Saints80593.0
101) Communal3790.1
102) Christian Science15920.6
103) Spiritualist1460.1
106) Judaism31091.1
113) Other groups103323.8
115) Restoration Movement212107.8
Missing3688 
TOTAL273028100.0
12) Flag variable indicating how group is affected by new missing data estimates -- see Appendices A and B for details (NOTE_MISSING) (NOTE_MIS)
TOTAL%
0) No missing data estimated for this group25185391.0
1) Adherents estimated from congregation size in this year24570.9
2) Adherents estimated from congregation size in another year for this group32801.2
3) Interpolated or extrapolated values in this year50861.8
4) Interpolated or extrapolated values in another year140405.1
TOTAL276716100.0
13) Flag variable indicating how group is affected by combined group changes -- see Appendix A for details (NOTE_COMBINED) (NOTE_COM)
TOTAL%
0) Not affected by combined groupings23421784.6
1) Included in a combined grouping221828.0
2) Combined grouping203177.3
TOTAL276716100.0
14) Flag variable indicating how group is affected by measurement changes in one or more years -- see Appendix A for details (NOTE_MEASURE) (NOTE_MEA)
TOTAL%
0) Affected by zero or minor measurement changes23219683.9
1) Both adherent and congregation counts affected by measurement change128884.7
2) Only adherent counts affected by measurement change185836.7
3) Only congregations affected by measurement change130494.7
TOTAL276716100.0