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In what year was your congregation officially founded? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

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 (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Demographic Patterns


Year Founded (Demographic Patterns)

 

Year Founded by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Before 1900
19.4%
84
32.7%
115
25.8%
40

8
25.4%
239
1900 to 1949
24.2%
105
23.9%
84
29.7%
46

7
25.0%
235
1950 to 1989
43.8%
190
25.9%
91
38.1%
59

16
36.1%
340
1990 or later
12.7%
55
17.6%
62
6.5%
10

4
13.5%
127
Missing
23
5
0
0
28
TOTAL
100.0%
434
100.0%
352
100.0%
155

35

941


 


Year Founded by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Before 1900
40.3%
60
24.9%
64
23.1%
94
17.7%
29
25.3%
247
1900 to 1949
16.8%
25
30.7%
79
25.1%
102
22.6%
37
24.9%
243
1950 to 1989
30.2%
45
36.2%
93
33.9%
138
48.8%
80
36.4%
356
1990 or later
12.8%
19
8.2%
21
17.9%
73
11.0%
18
13.4%
131
Missing
2
2
22
6
32
TOTAL
100.0%
149
100.0%
257
100.0%
407
100.0%
164

977


 


Year Founded by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Before 1900
25.9%
15
12.1%
46
20.0%
41
60.2%
145
0.0%
0
25.3%
247
1900 to 1949
44.8%
26
23.7%
90
26.3%
54
24.1%
58
16.3%
15
24.9%
243
1950 to 1989
27.6%
16
46.6%
177
33.2%
68
14.1%
34
65.2%
60
36.4%
355
1990 or later
1.7%
1
17.6%
67
20.5%
42
1.7%
4
18.5%
17
13.4%
131
Missing
2
21
1
9
0
33
TOTAL
100.0%
58
100.0%
380
100.0%
205
100.0%
241
100.0%
92

976


 


Year Founded by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Before 1900
17.5%
88
34.4%
108
36.3%
45

6
25.6%
241
1900 to 1949
26.2%
132
20.7%
65
25.0%
31

16
24.2%
228
1950 to 1989
41.5%
209
31.2%
98
34.7%
43

5
37.2%
350
1990 or later
14.9%
75
13.7%
43
4.0%
5

9
13.1%
123
Missing
24
4
2
0
30
TOTAL
100.0%
504
100.0%
314
100.0%
124

36

942


 


Year Founded by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Before 1900
30.6%
362
29.6%
390
27.9%
304
25.3%
247
28.5%
1303
1900 to 1949
26.5%
313
28.6%
377
27.5%
300
24.9%
243
27.0%
1233
1950 to 1989
33.6%
397
30.6%
403
31.8%
347
36.4%
355
32.9%
1502
1990 or later
9.4%
111
11.1%
146
12.8%
140
13.4%
131
11.6%
528
Missing
51
92
52
32
227
TOTAL
100.0%
1183
100.0%
1316
100.0%
1091
100.0%
976

4566



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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