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What is the total amount of money your congregation received in income from all sources during your most recent fiscal year? Dollar amount (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.


Total Income (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Total Income (Demographic Patterns)

 

Total Income by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than $100,000
43.1%
181
51.2%
175
44.3%
66

13
46.3%
422
$100,000 to $249,999
28.3%
119
25.7%
88
28.9%
43

0
27.4%
250
$250,000 to $499,999
14.0%
59
10.8%
37
13.4%
20

6
12.7%
116
$500,000 or more
14.5%
61
12.3%
42
13.4%
20

2
13.5%
123
Missing
125
123
31
0
279
TOTAL
100.0%
420
100.0%
342
100.0%
149

21

911


 


Total Income 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 $100,000
55.2%
74
38.4%
89
52.4%
231
32.6%
42
46.6%
436
$100,000 to $249,999
21.6%
29
34.9%
81
21.5%
95
35.7%
46
26.8%
251
$250,000 to $499,999
12.7%
17
16.4%
38
11.1%
49
14.7%
19
13.1%
123
$500,000 or more
10.4%
14
10.3%
24
15.0%
66
17.1%
22
13.5%
126
Missing
32
68
145
83
328
TOTAL
100.0%
134
100.0%
232
100.0%
441
100.0%
129

936


 


Total Income by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than $100,000
30.5%
18
49.3%
206
69.2%
117
23.6%
52
62.7%
42
46.6%
435
$100,000 to $249,999
13.6%
8
23.4%
98
17.8%
30
47.3%
104
14.9%
10
26.8%
250
$250,000 to $499,999
18.6%
11
14.8%
62
5.9%
10
17.7%
39
1.5%
1
13.2%
123
$500,000 or more
37.3%
22
12.4%
52
7.1%
12
11.4%
25
20.9%
14
13.4%
125
Missing
17
121
100
44
46
328
TOTAL
100.0%
59
100.0%
418
100.0%
169
100.0%
220
100.0%
67

933


 


Total Income by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than $100,000
43.4%
212
55.9%
166
25.2%
29

30
45.2%
407
$100,000 to $249,999
29.3%
143
20.2%
60
40.9%
47

0
27.8%
250
$250,000 to $499,999
15.4%
75
8.4%
25
14.8%
17

5
13.0%
117
$500,000 or more
11.9%
58
15.5%
46
19.1%
22

0
14.0%
126
Missing
160
108
29
0
297
TOTAL
100.0%
488
100.0%
297
100.0%
115

35

900


 


Total Income by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than $100,000
63.3%
591
50.5%
489
50.7%
521
46.6%
436
52.7%
2037
$100,000 to $249,999
22.6%
211
27.5%
266
24.4%
251
26.8%
251
25.3%
979
$250,000 to $499,999
8.5%
79
12.1%
117
13.7%
141
13.0%
122
11.9%
459
$500,000 or more
5.6%
52
10.0%
97
11.1%
114
13.5%
126
10.1%
389
Missing
301
537
305
328
1471
TOTAL
100.0%
933
100.0%
969
100.0%
1027
100.0%
935

3864



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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