Congregational QuickStats > Region of the Country

Region in which congregation is located. (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.


Region of the Country (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Region of the Country (Demographic Patterns)

 

Region of the Country by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Northeast
12.1%
85
12.8%
55
12.3%
18

4
12.3%
158
Midwest
23.9%
168
23.4%
101
21.2%
31

3
23.4%
300
South
52.9%
372
49.7%
214
48.6%
71

19
51.3%
657
West
11.1%
78
14.2%
61
17.8%
26

23
12.9%
165
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
431
100.0%
146

49

1280


 


Region of the Country by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Northeast
100.0%
161
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
12.1%
161
Midwest
0.0%
0
100.0%
305
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
22.9%
305
South
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
677
0.0%
0
50.9%
677
West
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
188
14.1%
188
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
305
100.0%
677
100.0%
188

1331


 


Region of the Country by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Northeast
16.4%
12
10.1%
62
8.8%
25
16.7%
45
19.3%
17
12.1%
161
Midwest
35.6%
26
22.0%
135
12.4%
35
37.4%
101
8.0%
7
22.9%
304
South
26.0%
19
53.4%
328
74.2%
210
33.3%
90
33.0%
29
50.9%
676
West
21.9%
16
14.5%
89
4.6%
13
12.6%
34
39.8%
35
14.1%
187
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
614
100.0%
283
100.0%
270
100.0%
88

1328


 


Region of the Country by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Northeast
14.6%
83
7.8%
25
10.6%
29
11.8%
16
21.9%
7
12.0%
160
Midwest
19.4%
110
23.8%
76
25.9%
71
29.4%
40
25.0%
8
22.9%
305
South
51.6%
293
57.2%
183
50.0%
137
37.5%
51
34.4%
11
50.8%
675
West
14.4%
82
11.3%
36
13.5%
37
21.3%
29
18.8%
6
14.3%
190
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
320
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1330


 


Region of the Country by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Northeast
9.5%
78
15.6%
51
20.0%
32

0
12.3%
161
Midwest
23.3%
191
22.0%
72
24.4%
39

2
23.1%
302
South
53.5%
439
49.5%
162
35.0%
56

20
50.2%
657
West
13.8%
113
12.8%
42
20.6%
33

1
14.4%
188
TOTAL
100.0%
821
100.0%
327
100.0%
160

23

1308


 


Region of the Country by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Northeast
12.7%
157
12.9%
194
12.1%
161
12.6%
512
Midwest
20.1%
248
25.0%
376
22.9%
305
22.8%
929
South
48.7%
602
47.7%
719
50.9%
677
49.1%
1998
West
18.5%
228
14.4%
217
14.1%
188
15.5%
633
TOTAL
100.0%
1235
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1331

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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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