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Is the congregation's census tract predominately urban, predominately suburban, or predominately rural? (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.


Type of Census Tract (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Type of Census Tract (Demographic Patterns)


Type of Census Tract by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Urban32.9%
118
52.2%
203
52.3%
299
48.5%
48
3247.1%
668
Suburban19.8%
71
20.1%
78
21.2%
121
32.3%
32
1821.3%
302
Rural47.4%
170
27.8%
108
26.6%
152
19.2%
19
3931.6%
449
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
572
100.0%
99
891419

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Type of Census Tract by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Urban31.0%
62
34.1%
128
47.3%
177
48.6%
141
72.0%
188
146.4%
696
Suburban19.0%
38
29.1%
109
19.8%
74
20.7%
60
13.0%
34
321.0%
315
Rural50.0%
100
36.8%
138
32.9%
123
30.7%
89
14.9%
39
032.6%
489
TOTAL100.0%
200
100.0%
375
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
41500

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Type of Census Tract by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Urban45.7%
375
46.4%
227
56.8%
63
3346.8%
665
Suburban22.0%
181
19.0%
93
18.0%
20
2520.7%
294
Rural32.3%
265
34.6%
169
25.2%
28
2632.5%
462
TOTAL100.0%
821
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841421

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Type of Census Tract 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
Urban68.5%
135
47.0%
182
33.9%
243
67.3%
138
46.4%
698
Suburban8.1%
16
13.7%
53
29.9%
214
17.6%
36
21.2%
319
Rural23.4%
46
39.3%
152
36.2%
259
15.1%
31
32.4%
488
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
387
100.0%
716
100.0%
205
1505

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Type of Census Tract by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Urban63.3%
50
41.4%
305
45.6%
161
49.8%
142
78.4%
40
46.4%
698
Suburban21.5%
17
19.4%
143
26.9%
95
20.4%
58
11.8%
6
21.2%
319
Rural15.2%
12
39.2%
289
27.5%
97
29.8%
85
9.8%
5
32.4%
488
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
737
100.0%
353
100.0%
285
100.0%
51
1505

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Type of Census Tract by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Urban48.7%
445
42.6%
181
50.4%
61
1247.1%
687
Suburban22.1%
202
17.6%
75
23.1%
28
1420.9%
305
Rural29.1%
266
39.8%
169
26.4%
32
2132.0%
467
TOTAL100.0%
913
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
471459

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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.