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At least 30% of people in the congregation's 2000 census tract are below the official poverty level. (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

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 (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Poverty Level (Demographic Patterns)


Poverty Level by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
No88.0%
316
85.3%
331
86.2%
493
80.8%
80
7286.0%
1220
Yes12.0%
43
14.7%
57
13.8%
79
19.2%
19
1614.0%
198
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
388
100.0%
572
100.0%
99
881418

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Poverty Level by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
No81.5%
163
80.7%
302
87.7%
328
89.0%
258
90.4%
236
585.9%
1287
Yes18.5%
37
19.3%
72
12.3%
46
11.0%
32
9.6%
25
014.1%
212
TOTAL100.0%
200
100.0%
374
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
51499

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Poverty Level by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
No87.5%
719
82.0%
401
88.3%
98
7485.7%
1218
Yes12.5%
103
18.0%
88
11.7%
13
1014.3%
204
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Poverty Level by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
No87.9%
174
93.3%
360
79.7%
571
90.8%
187
85.8%
1292
Yes12.1%
24
6.7%
26
20.3%
145
9.2%
19
14.2%
214
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Poverty Level by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
No86.3%
69
92.8%
684
62.8%
223
94.4%
269
96.0%
48
85.8%
1293
Yes13.8%
11
7.2%
53
37.2%
132
5.6%
16
4.0%
2
14.2%
214
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
355
100.0%
285
100.0%
50
1507

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Poverty Level by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
No87.1%
796
81.4%
346
90.1%
109
4285.7%
1251
Yes12.9%
118
18.6%
79
9.9%
12
514.3%
209
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
471460

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.