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The congregation's census tract is predominately urban, predominately suburban, or predominately rural [based on census data]. [ARDA Note: Please see URBAN_ALL4 in the survey instrument for full remarks.] (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.


Urban/rural/suburban? (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Demographic Patterns


Urban/rural/suburban? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Urban/rural/suburban? by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Urban
49.8%
272
64.3%
299
71.1%
128

55
58.7%
699
Suburban
15.9%
87
15.7%
73
18.9%
34

2
16.3%
194
Rural
34.2%
187
20.0%
93
10.0%
18

14
25.0%
298
TOTAL
100.0%
546
100.0%
465
100.0%
180

71

1191


 


Urban/rural/suburban? 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
Urban
67.9%
112
53.5%
161
51.3%
300
85.8%
182
59.8%
755
Suburban
20.0%
33
19.9%
60
15.2%
89
6.6%
14
15.5%
196
Rural
12.1%
20
26.6%
80
33.5%
196
7.5%
16
24.7%
312
TOTAL
100.0%
165
100.0%
301
100.0%
585
100.0%
212

1263


 


Urban/rural/suburban? by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Urban
57.1%
44
54.7%
295
64.6%
173
55.1%
145
86.0%
98
59.9%
755
Suburban
31.2%
24
16.7%
90
10.1%
27
15.6%
41
11.4%
13
15.5%
195
Rural
11.7%
9
28.6%
154
25.4%
68
29.3%
77
2.6%
3
24.7%
311
TOTAL
100.0%
77
100.0%
539
100.0%
268
100.0%
263
100.0%
114

1261


 


Urban/rural/suburban? by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Urban
54.9%
356
61.4%
250
73.4%
105

45
59.3%
711
Suburban
17.4%
113
15.7%
64
13.3%
19

0
16.4%
196
Rural
27.6%
179
22.9%
93
13.3%
19

21
24.3%
291
TOTAL
100.0%
648
100.0%
407
100.0%
143

66

1198


 


Urban/rural/suburban? by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Urban
41.8%
510
44.2%
665
50.2%
658
59.8%
755
48.8%
2588
Suburban
14.8%
181
23.3%
351
18.1%
237
15.5%
196
18.2%
965
Rural
43.4%
530
32.5%
490
31.7%
416
24.7%
312
33.0%
1748
Missing
12
0
20
0
32
TOTAL
100.0%
1221
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1311
100.0%
1263

5301



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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