Congregational QuickStats > Percent 60 or Older

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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