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What percent are Black or African American? (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.


Percent African-American (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent African-American (Demographic Patterns)


Percent African-American by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Less than Half74.1%
243
75.1%
257
80.4%
423
63.0%
58
4676.2%
981
Half or More25.9%
85
24.9%
85
19.6%
103
37.0%
34
3023.8%
307
MISSING31474660130
TOTAL100.0%
328
100.0%
342
100.0%
526
100.0%
92
761288

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Percent African-American by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Less than Half57.7%
90
67.3%
230
77.2%
274
82.5%
222
87.1%
210
175.3%
1026
Half or More42.3%
66
32.7%
112
22.8%
81
17.5%
47
12.9%
31
024.7%
337
MISSING45332021190138
TOTAL100.0%
156
100.0%
342
100.0%
355
100.0%
269
100.0%
241
11363

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Percent African-American by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than Half82.4%
608
64.2%
292
76.4%
84
4375.5%
984
Half or More17.6%
130
35.8%
163
23.6%
26
1824.5%
319
MISSING843410119
TOTAL100.0%
738
100.0%
455
100.0%
110
611303

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Percent African-American 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
Less than Half82.7%
148
86.9%
304
60.8%
396
97.3%
179
75.3%
1027
Half or More17.3%
31
13.1%
46
39.2%
255
2.7%
5
24.7%
337
MISSING19356622142
TOTAL100.0%
179
100.0%
350
100.0%
651
100.0%
184
1364

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Percent African-American by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than Half93.2%
69
98.5%
646
0.0%
0
98.5%
268
100.0%
45
75.3%
1028
Half or More6.8%
5
1.5%
10
100.0%
319
1.5%
4
0.0%
0
24.7%
338
MISSING68136136142
TOTAL100.0%
74
100.0%
656
100.0%
319
100.0%
272
100.0%
45
1366

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Percent African-American by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than Half81.3%
670
61.6%
244
81.4%
96
1775.5%
1010
Half or More18.7%
154
38.4%
152
18.6%
22
924.5%
328
MISSING912920122
TOTAL100.0%
824
100.0%
396
100.0%
118
261338

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Percent African-American by Year


19982006TOTAL
Less than Half81.0%
898
75.3%
1027
77.9%
1925
Half or More19.0%
210
24.7%
337
22.1%
547
MISSING126142268
TOTAL100.0%
1108
100.0%
1364
2472

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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.