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In what year was your congregation officially founded? (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.


Year Founded (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]

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Demographic Patterns


Year Founded (Demographic Patterns)

 

Year Founded by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Before 1900
21.7%
144
25.8%
110
32.6%
47

4
24.4%
301
1900 to 1949
25.1%
167
23.9%
102
20.8%
30

2
24.2%
299
1950 to 1989
28.4%
189
19.2%
82
30.6%
44

31
25.5%
315
1990 or later
24.8%
165
31.0%
132
16.0%
23

9
25.9%
320
Missing
38
7
4
0
49
TOTAL
100.0%
665
100.0%
426
100.0%
144

46

1235


 


Year Founded by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Before 1900
25.8%
41
33.3%
97
23.0%
150
8.5%
15
23.7%
303
1900 to 1949
32.1%
51
22.7%
66
22.6%
147
20.3%
36
23.5%
300
1950 to 1989
32.7%
52
24.7%
72
23.3%
152
40.1%
71
27.2%
347
1990 or later
9.4%
15
19.2%
56
31.0%
202
31.1%
55
25.7%
328
Missing
2
13
25
12
52
TOTAL
100.0%
159
100.0%
291
100.0%
651
100.0%
177

1278


 


Year Founded by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Before 1900
37.7%
26
11.4%
68
26.2%
71
53.9%
137
2.2%
2
23.8%
304
1900 to 1949
31.9%
22
20.8%
124
27.3%
74
26.4%
67
15.7%
14
23.6%
301
1950 to 1989
23.2%
16
29.4%
175
25.5%
69
16.9%
43
47.2%
42
27.0%
345
1990 or later
7.2%
5
38.3%
228
21.0%
57
2.8%
7
34.8%
31
25.7%
328
Missing
5
19
12
16
0
52
TOTAL
100.0%
69
100.0%
595
100.0%
271
100.0%
254
100.0%
89

1278


 


Year Founded by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Before 1900
18.7%
101
28.2%
89
25.6%
66
30.4%
41
25.0%
8
23.8%
305
1900 to 1949
23.3%
126
23.4%
74
24.4%
63
22.2%
30
25.0%
8
23.5%
301
1950 to 1989
27.9%
151
21.5%
68
31.8%
82
25.9%
35
34.4%
11
27.1%
347
1990 or later
30.1%
163
26.9%
85
18.2%
47
21.5%
29
15.6%
5
25.7%
329
Missing
28
5
17
2
0
52
TOTAL
100.0%
541
100.0%
316
100.0%
258
100.0%
135
100.0%
32

1282


 


Year Founded by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Before 1900
19.0%
150
37.9%
119
22.6%
35

1
24.2%
304
1900 to 1949
24.2%
191
17.2%
54
28.4%
44

12
23.0%
289
1950 to 1989
27.9%
220
20.7%
65
36.1%
56

6
27.1%
341
1990 or later
28.9%
228
24.2%
76
12.9%
20

3
25.8%
324
Missing
33
13
4
0
50
TOTAL
100.0%
789
100.0%
314
100.0%
155

22

1258


 


Year Founded by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Before 1900
30.6%
362
27.6%
390
23.8%
304
27.2%
1056
1900 to 1949
26.5%
313
26.7%
377
23.5%
300
25.5%
990
1950 to 1989
33.6%
397
28.5%
403
27.1%
347
29.6%
1147
1990 or later
9.4%
111
17.3%
244
25.6%
328
17.6%
683
Missing
51
92
52
195
TOTAL
100.0%
1183
100.0%
1414
100.0%
1279

3876



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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