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About what percentage would you say have four-year degrees or more? Percent of regular adult participants; Remarks: If an informant replied with an absolute number rather than a percent, we calculated a percent for BAPCT (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 with Four-Year Degree (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Percent with Four-Year Degree (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent with Four-Year Degree by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
15.5%
72
10.5%
45
1.1%
2

11
11.1%
119
10% to less than 30%
44.9%
209
31.4%
135
13.6%
24

7
34.3%
368
30% to less than 50%
15.1%
70
19.3%
83
14.1%
25

2
16.6%
178
50% to less than 80%
18.9%
88
25.8%
111
27.1%
48

14
23.0%
247
80% or more
5.6%
26
13.0%
56
44.1%
78

18
14.9%
160
Missing
81
35
4
0
120
TOTAL
100.0%
465
100.0%
430
100.0%
177

52

1072


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree 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 10%
0.7%
1
11.6%
32
16.4%
85
6.3%
12
11.6%
130
10% to less than 30%
17.7%
25
33.5%
92
38.3%
198
31.9%
61
33.5%
376
30% to less than 50%
19.9%
28
17.8%
49
16.6%
86
8.9%
17
16.0%
180
50% to less than 80%
33.3%
47
23.6%
65
17.4%
90
30.4%
58
23.1%
260
80% or more
28.4%
40
13.5%
37
11.2%
58
22.5%
43
15.8%
178
Missing
24
25
68
21
138
TOTAL
100.0%
141
100.0%
275
100.0%
517
100.0%
191

1124


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 10%
32.8%
21
13.8%
65
12.8%
31
5.4%
13
0.0%
0
11.5%
130
10% to less than 30%
18.8%
12
46.1%
217
44.0%
107
12.5%
30
10.2%
11
33.5%
377
30% to less than 50%
10.9%
7
15.5%
73
25.1%
61
12.9%
31
7.4%
8
16.0%
180
50% to less than 80%
26.6%
17
19.1%
90
9.5%
23
42.5%
102
27.8%
30
23.3%
262
80% or more
10.9%
7
5.5%
26
8.6%
21
26.7%
64
54.6%
59
15.7%
177
Missing
14
69
26
24
6
139
TOTAL
100.0%
64
100.0%
471
100.0%
243
100.0%
240
100.0%
108

1126


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
13.1%
75
12.5%
45
0.0%
0

9
11.2%
120
10% to less than 30%
38.7%
222
34.3%
123
10.7%
15

15
33.6%
360
30% to less than 50%
18.7%
107
15.6%
56
7.9%
11

6
16.2%
174
50% to less than 80%
23.9%
137
20.6%
74
33.6%
47

2
24.1%
258
80% or more
5.6%
32
17.0%
61
47.9%
67

18
14.9%
160
Missing
74
46
4
0
124
TOTAL
100.0%
573
100.0%
359
100.0%
140

50

1072


 


Percent with Four-Year Degree by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than 10%
30.1%
332
24.3%
336
20.5%
249
11.5%
129
21.7%
1046
10% to less than 30%
37.4%
413
37.5%
518
35.3%
428
33.5%
376
36.0%
1735
30% to less than 50%
11.4%
126
16.0%
221
15.8%
192
16.0%
180
14.9%
719
50% to less than 80%
15.5%
171
14.7%
203
19.3%
234
23.2%
260
18.0%
868
80% or more
5.6%
62
7.4%
102
9.1%
110
15.9%
178
9.4%
452
Missing
131
126
118
139
514
TOTAL
100.0%
1104
100.0%
1380
100.0%
1213
100.0%
1123

4820



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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