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Thinking again of these [NUMBER FROM NUMADLTS] regular adult participants, what percent would you say are female? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Percent Female (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Female (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent Female by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 50%
6.1%
33
8.4%
39
8.9%
16

2
7.4%
88
50% to less than 60%
36.4%
198
20.7%
96
15.0%
27

20
27.0%
321
60% to less than 70%
38.6%
210
39.7%
184
43.9%
79

37
39.8%
473
70% or more
18.9%
103
31.3%
145
32.2%
58

6
25.8%
306
Missing
2
1
0
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
544
100.0%
464
100.0%
180

65

1188


 


Percent Female by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Less than 50%
2.4%
4
6.1%
18
7.6%
44
11.8%
25
7.3%
91
50% to less than 60%
22.6%
37
30.7%
91
27.8%
161
24.2%
51
27.2%
340
60% to less than 70%
41.5%
68
38.5%
114
38.1%
221
49.8%
105
40.6%
508
70% or more
33.5%
55
24.7%
73
26.6%
154
14.2%
30
24.9%
312
Missing
1
4
4
1
10
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
296
100.0%
580
100.0%
211

1251


 


Percent Female by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 50%
21.1%
16
5.6%
30
3.0%
8
3.8%
10
23.9%
27
7.3%
91
50% to less than 60%
21.1%
16
41.3%
220
15.0%
40
17.8%
47
15.9%
18
27.2%
341
60% to less than 70%
36.8%
28
42.2%
225
27.3%
73
50.0%
132
45.1%
51
40.6%
509
70% or more
21.1%
16
10.9%
58
54.7%
146
28.4%
75
15.0%
17
24.9%
312
Missing
1
6
1
1
0
9
TOTAL
100.0%
76
100.0%
533
100.0%
267
100.0%
264
100.0%
113

1253


 


Percent Female by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 50%
5.4%
35
10.1%
41
10.4%
15

0
7.6%
91
50% to less than 60%
35.2%
227
20.5%
83
15.3%
22

9
27.8%
332
60% to less than 70%
41.0%
264
37.8%
153
43.1%
62

30
40.2%
479
70% or more
18.3%
118
31.6%
128
31.3%
45

22
24.4%
291
Missing
2
1
0
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
644
100.0%
405
100.0%
144

61

1193


 


Percent Female by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than 50%
8.8%
103
5.9%
88
6.1%
80
7.3%
91
6.9%
362
50% to less than 60%
32.2%
379
26.2%
390
30.8%
407
27.2%
341
28.9%
1517
60% to less than 70%
36.4%
429
40.4%
602
34.8%
460
40.6%
509
38.2%
2000
70% or more
22.6%
266
27.5%
409
28.4%
375
24.9%
312
26.0%
1362
Missing
58
18
9
9
94
TOTAL
100.0%
1177
100.0%
1489
100.0%
1322
100.0%
1253

5241



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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