Congregational QuickStats > Percent under 35

What percentage of the regular adult participants would you say are under 35 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 under 35 (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Percent under 35 (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent under 35 by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
17.0%
119
13.6%
58
8.9%
13

4
14.9%
190
10% to less than 20%
27.3%
191
26.7%
114
32.2%
47

2
27.7%
352
20% to less than 30%
23.6%
165
25.8%
110
23.3%
34

10
24.3%
309
30% to less than 50%
17.5%
122
23.2%
99
18.5%
27

27
19.5%
248
50% or more
14.6%
102
10.8%
46
17.1%
25

1
13.6%
173
Missing
5
4
0
0
9
TOTAL
100.0%
699
100.0%
427
100.0%
146

44

1272


 


Percent under 35 by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Less than 10%
15.6%
25
11.9%
36
16.5%
110
12.2%
23
14.7%
194
10% to less than 20%
33.1%
53
36.0%
109
24.6%
164
14.8%
28
26.8%
354
20% to less than 30%
15.0%
24
24.8%
75
25.0%
167
28.6%
54
24.3%
320
30% to less than 50%
23.1%
37
21.8%
66
17.5%
117
30.2%
57
21.0%
277
50% or more
13.1%
21
5.6%
17
16.3%
109
14.3%
27
13.2%
174
Missing
1
2
10
0
13
TOTAL
100.0%
160
100.0%
303
100.0%
667
100.0%
189

1319


 


Percent under 35 by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 10%
4.2%
3
14.0%
85
4.3%
12
33.3%
90
3.4%
3
14.7%
193
10% to less than 20%
18.3%
13
26.9%
163
18.8%
53
35.9%
97
31.0%
27
26.8%
353
20% to less than 30%
32.4%
23
20.6%
125
31.9%
90
23.3%
63
21.8%
19
24.3%
320
30% to less than 50%
28.2%
20
24.2%
147
19.9%
56
5.9%
16
42.5%
37
21.0%
276
50% or more
16.9%
12
14.3%
87
25.2%
71
1.5%
4
1.1%
1
13.3%
175
Missing
2
6
3
0
2
13
TOTAL
100.0%
71
100.0%
607
100.0%
282
100.0%
270
100.0%
87

1317


 


Percent under 35 by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Less than 10%
21.9%
123
10.7%
34
9.6%
26
7.5%
10
3.2%
1
14.7%
194
10% to less than 20%
31.1%
175
25.9%
82
23.9%
65
20.9%
28
12.9%
4
26.9%
354
20% to less than 30%
21.5%
121
24.6%
78
27.6%
75
26.1%
35
32.3%
10
24.2%
319
30% to less than 50%
14.1%
79
19.2%
61
27.9%
76
35.1%
47
38.7%
12
20.9%
275
50% or more
11.4%
64
19.6%
62
11.0%
30
10.4%
14
12.9%
4
13.2%
174
Missing
7
3
1
2
1
14
TOTAL
100.0%
562
100.0%
317
100.0%
272
100.0%
134
100.0%
31

1316


 


Percent under 35 by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 10%
14.7%
120
14.9%
48
16.3%
26

0
14.9%
194
10% to less than 20%
26.8%
219
23.6%
76
35.6%
57

2
27.1%
352
20% to less than 30%
21.7%
177
24.8%
80
30.6%
49

14
23.6%
306
30% to less than 50%
23.1%
189
20.2%
65
11.9%
19

3
21.0%
273
50% or more
13.7%
112
16.5%
53
5.6%
9

0
13.4%
174
Missing
4
4
0
0
8
TOTAL
100.0%
817
100.0%
322
100.0%
160

19

1299


 


Percent under 35 by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Less than 10%
11.4%
136
12.0%
178
14.7%
194
12.7%
508
10% to less than 20%
15.5%
185
24.7%
366
26.8%
353
22.6%
904
20% to less than 30%
25.8%
308
26.9%
398
24.3%
320
25.7%
1026
30% to less than 50%
30.4%
363
25.4%
376
21.0%
276
25.4%
1015
50% or more
16.8%
201
11.1%
164
13.2%
174
13.5%
539
Missing
40
25
14
79
TOTAL
100.0%
1193
100.0%
1482
100.0%
1317

3992



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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