Congregational QuickStats > Poverty Level

At least 30% of people in the congregation's census tract are below the official poverty level. (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.


Poverty Level (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Poverty Level (Demographic Patterns)

 

Poverty Level by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
No
83.3%
569
81.0%
350
86.3%
126

42
82.9%
1045
Yes
16.7%
114
19.0%
82
13.7%
20

8
17.1%
216
Missing
20
0
1
0
21
TOTAL
100.0%
683
100.0%
432
100.0%
146

50

1261


 


Poverty Level by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
No
83.7%
118
82.3%
251
81.5%
552
88.2%
165
82.9%
1086
Yes
16.3%
23
17.7%
54
18.5%
125
11.8%
22
17.1%
224
Missing
19
0
0
1
20
TOTAL
100.0%
141
100.0%
305
100.0%
677
100.0%
187

1310


 


Poverty Level by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
No
80.8%
59
86.7%
515
63.0%
179
91.9%
249
95.5%
84
82.9%
1086
Yes
19.2%
14
13.3%
79
37.0%
105
8.1%
22
4.5%
4
17.1%
224
Missing
0
20
0
0
1
21
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
594
100.0%
284
100.0%
271
100.0%
88

1310


 


Poverty Level by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
No
81.8%
448
83.8%
268
82.5%
226
85.3%
116
87.5%
28
82.9%
1086
Yes
18.2%
100
16.3%
52
17.5%
48
14.7%
20
12.5%
4
17.1%
224
Missing
20
0
0
0
0
20
TOTAL
100.0%
548
100.0%
320
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1310


 


Poverty Level by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
No
81.8%
655
85.3%
278
87.4%
139

14
83.4%
1072
Yes
18.2%
146
14.7%
48
12.6%
20

10
16.6%
214
Missing
20
0
1
0
21
TOTAL
100.0%
801
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1286


 


Poverty Level by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
No
88.2%
1078
85.9%
1293
82.9%
1087
85.6%
3458
Yes
11.8%
144
14.1%
213
17.1%
224
14.4%
581
Missing
12
0
21
33
TOTAL
100.0%
1222
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1311

4039



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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