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What percentage of the regular adult participants would you say are under 35 years old? Percent of regular adult participants; Remarks: If an informant replied with an absolute number rather than a percent, we calculated a percent for LT35PCT (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 under 35 (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Percent under 35 (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent under 35 by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
15.9%
85
21.1%
97
11.1%
20

8
17.2%
202
10% to less than 20%
22.5%
120
21.7%
100
30.6%
55

6
23.4%
275
20% to less than 30%
24.9%
133
26.7%
123
31.1%
56

24
26.6%
312
30% to less than 50%
23.0%
123
20.4%
94
22.8%
41

16
22.0%
258
50% or more
13.7%
73
10.0%
46
4.4%
8

9
10.8%
127
Missing
11
6
1
0
18
TOTAL
100.0%
534
100.0%
460
100.0%
180

63

1174


 


Percent under 35 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%
24.5%
39
18.5%
55
12.9%
75
20.4%
41
17.0%
210
10% to less than 20%
23.3%
37
29.3%
87
22.4%
130
13.4%
27
22.7%
281
20% to less than 30%
15.1%
24
27.9%
83
27.4%
159
34.3%
69
27.1%
335
30% to less than 50%
25.8%
41
16.8%
50
24.3%
141
20.9%
42
22.2%
274
50% or more
11.3%
18
7.4%
22
12.9%
75
10.9%
22
11.1%
137
Missing
6
5
4
10
25
TOTAL
100.0%
159
100.0%
297
100.0%
580
100.0%
201

1237


 


Percent under 35 by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 10%
27.8%
20
10.5%
55
14.2%
38
33.2%
87
8.9%
10
17.0%
210
10% to less than 20%
20.8%
15
21.6%
113
13.5%
36
34.4%
90
24.1%
27
22.7%
281
20% to less than 30%
26.4%
19
27.7%
145
27.0%
72
21.4%
56
38.4%
43
27.1%
335
30% to less than 50%
23.6%
17
25.8%
135
26.2%
70
8.4%
22
27.7%
31
22.2%
275
50% or more
1.4%
1
14.5%
76
19.1%
51
2.7%
7
0.9%
1
11.0%
136
Missing
4
15
1
2
1
23
TOTAL
100.0%
72
100.0%
524
100.0%
267
100.0%
262
100.0%
112

1237


 


Percent under 35 by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
14.0%
89
19.3%
77
18.1%
26

18
16.3%
192
10% to less than 20%
21.2%
135
20.5%
82
41.0%
59

5
23.4%
276
20% to less than 30%
27.7%
176
24.5%
98
29.9%
43

19
26.9%
317
30% to less than 50%
28.5%
181
19.3%
77
7.6%
11

6
22.8%
269
50% or more
8.6%
55
16.5%
66
3.5%
5

12
10.7%
126
Missing
11
6
0
0
17
TOTAL
100.0%
636
100.0%
400
100.0%
144

60

1180


 


Percent under 35 by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than 10%
11.4%
136
12.1%
178
14.7%
194
17.0%
210
13.8%
718
10% to less than 20%
15.5%
185
24.9%
366
26.8%
353
22.7%
281
22.7%
1185
20% to less than 30%
25.8%
307
26.2%
386
24.2%
319
27.1%
335
25.8%
1347
30% to less than 50%
30.5%
363
25.6%
376
21.0%
276
22.2%
275
24.7%
1290
50% or more
16.9%
201
11.2%
165
13.2%
174
11.0%
136
13.0%
676
Missing
42
37
15
24
118
TOTAL
100.0%
1192
100.0%
1471
100.0%
1316
100.0%
1237

5216



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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