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Of the regular adult participants, about what percentage would you say are over 60 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 GT60PCT (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 60 or Older (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Percent 60 or Older (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent 60 or Older by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
5.7%
31
9.3%
43
3.9%
7

18
6.9%
81
10% to less than 30%
27.3%
148
29.3%
135
15.2%
27

17
26.2%
310
30% to less than 50%
23.8%
129
12.2%
56
29.8%
53

17
20.2%
238
50% to less than 70%
21.5%
117
26.3%
121
30.9%
55

4
24.8%
293
70% or more
21.7%
118
22.8%
105
20.2%
36

8
21.9%
259
Missing
2
6
0
0
8
TOTAL
100.0%
543
100.0%
460
100.0%
178

64

1181


 


Percent 60 or Older 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
0% to less than 10%
4.3%
7
5.8%
17
7.4%
43
15.9%
33
8.0%
100
10% to less than 30%
21.3%
35
18.7%
55
30.9%
180
27.9%
58
26.3%
328
30% to less than 50%
18.9%
31
23.1%
68
22.0%
128
13.9%
29
20.5%
256
50% to less than 70%
28.7%
47
25.2%
74
24.2%
141
16.3%
34
23.7%
296
70% or more
26.8%
44
27.2%
80
15.5%
90
26.0%
54
21.5%
268
Missing
1
8
4
2
15
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
294
100.0%
582
100.0%
208

1248


 


Percent 60 or Older by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
0.0%
0
6.8%
36
20.4%
54
2.3%
6
2.7%
3
7.9%
99
10% to less than 30%
10.7%
8
33.8%
180
31.3%
83
12.2%
32
22.3%
25
26.3%
328
30% to less than 50%
22.7%
17
21.6%
115
18.1%
48
18.3%
48
24.1%
27
20.4%
255
50% to less than 70%
44.0%
33
20.1%
107
17.0%
45
26.2%
69
38.4%
43
23.8%
297
70% or more
22.7%
17
17.7%
94
13.2%
35
41.1%
108
12.5%
14
21.5%
268
Missing
2
8
5
0
1
16
TOTAL
100.0%
75
100.0%
532
100.0%
265
100.0%
263
100.0%
112

1247


 


Percent 60 or Older by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
5.0%
32
11.3%
45
3.5%
5

17
6.9%
82
10% to less than 30%
31.5%
203
24.1%
96
8.4%
12

16
26.2%
311
30% to less than 50%
23.4%
151
12.3%
49
32.2%
46

10
20.7%
246
50% to less than 70%
20.2%
130
31.1%
124
29.4%
42

1
24.9%
296
70% or more
20.0%
129
21.3%
85
26.6%
38

16
21.2%
252
Missing
3
6
0
0
9
TOTAL
100.0%
645
100.0%
399
100.0%
143

60

1187


 


Percent 60 or Older by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
0% to less than 10%
17.5%
208
12.5%
186
10.0%
133
8.0%
100
12.0%
627
10% to less than 30%
38.7%
460
34.1%
506
34.3%
454
26.2%
327
33.3%
1747
30% to less than 50%
21.4%
255
21.6%
320
21.4%
284
20.4%
255
21.2%
1114
50% to less than 70%
15.8%
188
20.1%
298
19.5%
259
23.8%
297
19.9%
1042
70% or more
6.6%
78
11.7%
174
14.7%
195
21.5%
268
13.6%
715
Missing
45
22
7
15
89
TOTAL
100.0%
1189
100.0%
1484
100.0%
1325
100.0%
1247

5245



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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