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Still thinking about the [NUMBER FROM NUMADLTS] regular adult participants, what percent would you say live in households with income under $35,000 a year? Percent of regular adult participants; (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 members from low income households? (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Percent members from low income households? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent members from low income households? by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 5%
7.0%
32
14.5%
59
16.9%
25

0
11.5%
116
5% to less than 10%
9.4%
43
10.6%
43
20.3%
30

1
11.5%
116
10% to less than 20%
24.0%
110
19.0%
77
28.4%
42

8
22.6%
229
20% to less than 50%
31.2%
143
34.7%
141
24.3%
36

15
31.6%
320
50% or more
28.5%
131
21.2%
86
10.1%
15

18
22.9%
232
Missing
89
59
31
0
179
TOTAL
100.0%
459
100.0%
406
100.0%
148

42

1013


 


Percent members from low income households? 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 5%
7.1%
9
7.3%
19
14.3%
70
10.0%
18
11.0%
116
5% to less than 10%
21.4%
27
12.0%
31
6.3%
31
15.6%
28
11.1%
117
10% to less than 20%
45.2%
57
24.7%
64
17.3%
85
17.8%
32
22.5%
238
20% to less than 50%
16.7%
21
35.1%
91
35.0%
172
27.8%
50
31.6%
334
50% or more
9.5%
12
20.8%
54
27.1%
133
28.9%
52
23.8%
251
Missing
39
42
94
32
207
TOTAL
100.0%
126
100.0%
259
100.0%
491
100.0%
180

1056


 


Percent members from low income households? by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 5%
3.3%
2
9.2%
42
7.4%
16
15.9%
37
21.8%
19
11.0%
116
5% to less than 10%
11.7%
7
7.2%
33
3.2%
7
21.6%
50
21.8%
19
11.0%
116
10% to less than 20%
10.0%
6
26.0%
119
11.5%
25
26.7%
62
28.7%
25
22.5%
237
20% to less than 50%
48.3%
29
31.4%
144
45.2%
98
21.6%
50
14.9%
13
31.7%
334
50% or more
26.7%
16
26.2%
120
32.7%
71
14.2%
33
12.6%
11
23.8%
251
Missing
16
81
52
32
27
208
TOTAL
100.0%
60
100.0%
458
100.0%
217
100.0%
232
100.0%
87

1054


 


Percent members from low income households? by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 5%
8.9%
49
10.1%
35
25.8%
31

0
11.3%
115
5% to less than 10%
9.4%
52
7.8%
27
29.2%
35

2
11.2%
114
10% to less than 20%
23.4%
129
20.5%
71
25.0%
30

7
22.6%
230
20% to less than 50%
32.4%
179
39.0%
135
15.8%
19

2
32.7%
333
50% or more
25.9%
143
22.5%
78
4.2%
5

25
22.2%
226
Missing
94
59
24
0
177
TOTAL
100.0%
552
100.0%
346
100.0%
120

36

1018


 


Percent members from low income households? by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than 5%
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
8.1%
94
11.0%
116
9.5%
210
5% to less than 10%
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
9.8%
114
11.1%
117
10.4%
231
10% to less than 20%
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
16.8%
195
22.5%
237
19.5%
432
20% to less than 50%
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
29.1%
337
31.7%
334
30.3%
671
50% or more
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
36.2%
420
23.8%
251
30.3%
671
Missing
1234
1506
171
207
3118
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
0
100.0%
1160
100.0%
1055

2215



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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