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Of the regular adult participants, about what percentage would you say are over 60 years old? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

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 (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Percent 60 or Older (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent 60 or Older by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
13.0%
91
6.7%
29
8.2%
12

1
10.3%
132
10% to less than 30%
30.2%
211
39.5%
170
25.2%
37

36
32.8%
418
30% to less than 50%
21.7%
152
18.8%
81
31.3%
46

5
21.9%
279
50% to less than 70%
19.3%
135
22.3%
96
15.0%
22

5
19.8%
253
70% or more
15.7%
110
12.6%
54
20.4%
30

1
15.2%
194
Missing
4
2
0
0
6
TOTAL
100.0%
699
100.0%
430
100.0%
147

48

1276


 


Percent 60 or Older by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
23.8%
38
6.6%
20
9.1%
61
7.4%
14
10.0%
133
10% to less than 30%
34.4%
55
27.4%
83
34.4%
232
44.1%
83
34.2%
453
30% to less than 50%
8.8%
14
32.7%
99
20.3%
137
18.1%
34
21.4%
284
50% to less than 70%
15.0%
24
22.4%
68
21.1%
142
13.3%
25
19.5%
259
70% or more
18.1%
29
10.9%
33
15.1%
102
17.0%
32
14.8%
196
Missing
1
2
3
0
6
TOTAL
100.0%
160
100.0%
303
100.0%
674
100.0%
188

1325


 


Percent 60 or Older by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
0.0%
0
13.7%
84
13.1%
37
1.5%
4
9.1%
8
10.1%
133
10% to less than 30%
26.8%
19
41.5%
254
37.6%
106
12.6%
34
46.6%
41
34.3%
454
30% to less than 50%
29.6%
21
19.9%
122
24.5%
69
18.9%
51
23.9%
21
21.5%
284
50% to less than 70%
28.2%
20
15.4%
94
17.7%
50
30.4%
82
13.6%
12
19.5%
258
70% or more
15.5%
11
9.5%
58
7.1%
20
36.7%
99
6.8%
6
14.7%
194
Missing
2
2
3
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
71
100.0%
612
100.0%
282
100.0%
270
100.0%
88

1323


 


Percent 60 or Older by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
0% to less than 10%
13.2%
75
7.3%
23
8.1%
22
8.3%
11
6.5%
2
10.1%
133
10% to less than 30%
34.0%
193
33.4%
106
32.2%
88
39.8%
53
41.9%
13
34.3%
453
30% to less than 50%
18.7%
106
22.4%
71
22.0%
60
27.8%
37
29.0%
9
21.4%
283
50% to less than 70%
18.1%
103
18.3%
58
24.5%
67
18.8%
25
19.4%
6
19.6%
259
70% or more
16.0%
91
18.6%
59
13.2%
36
5.3%
7
3.2%
1
14.7%
194
Missing
0
3
1
3
1
8
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
317
100.0%
273
100.0%
133
100.0%
31

1322


 


Percent 60 or Older by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0% to less than 10%
11.0%
90
9.0%
29
8.8%
14

0
10.2%
133
10% to less than 30%
36.9%
301
32.4%
105
23.1%
37

11
34.1%
443
30% to less than 50%
23.2%
189
18.5%
60
21.3%
34

1
21.8%
283
50% to less than 70%
16.1%
131
21.3%
69
29.4%
47

11
19.0%
247
70% or more
12.9%
105
18.8%
61
17.5%
28

1
14.9%
194
Missing
5
2
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
816
100.0%
324
100.0%
160

24

1300


 


Percent 60 or Older by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
0% to less than 10%
17.5%
209
12.8%
190
10.0%
133
13.3%
532
10% to less than 30%
39.0%
466
34.0%
506
34.3%
454
35.6%
1426
30% to less than 50%
21.3%
255
21.5%
320
21.4%
283
21.4%
858
50% to less than 70%
15.7%
188
20.0%
298
19.6%
259
18.6%
745
70% or more
6.4%
77
11.7%
174
14.7%
195
11.1%
446
Missing
38
18
7
63
TOTAL
100.0%
1195
100.0%
1488
100.0%
1324

4007



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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