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Survey of Church Membership, 1971

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and census/enumeration data
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Aid Association for Lutherans
Free Keywords
Christianity; church membership; counties; Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Protestantism; religion; religious behavior; religious congregations; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains information by region, state, and county on churches and church membership for 53 Christian denominations in the United States in 1971. These estimates or enumerations by denomination were collected by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCCC) from each reporting denomination. The data are recorded for the nation as a whole, regions, states, SMSAs, and counties. This dataset was obtained from the Office of Research, Evaluation and Planning of the NCCC. In addition to data identifying the units of record, data for each reporting denomination are present, including: (1) number of churches, (2) number of communicant, confirmed, or full members, and (3) total number of "adherents." When incomplete information was supplied about a denomination's total number of adherents, an estimate was made by NCCC and identified in the data as such.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1971
  • 1973-01-10 / 1973-12-31
    Collection date: 1973-01-10--1973-12-31
Geographic Coverage
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Sampled Universe
All of the denominations listed in the YEARBOOK OF AMERICAN CHURCHES, 1971.
Collection Mode
  • When a denomination supplied only a count of its communicant, confirmed, or full members, NCCC estimated the total adherents by means of a computer-based procedure. The total population of an area (as reported in the First Count 1970 Census tabulations) was divided by the total population 14 years of age and over. The resulting figure was multiplied by the number of confirmed members reported for the denomination to produce the estimated total number of adherents. When such a procedure for estimating adherents was employed, the "estimate indicator" variable for that denomination contains the value of "1".

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7520 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07520.v1
  • Gutmann, Myron P., Pullum, Sara M.. From local to national political cultures: Social capital and civic organization in the Great Plains. Journal of Interdisciplinary History.24, (4), 725-762.1999.
    • ID: 10.1162/002219599551877 (DOI)
  • Johnson, Douglas W., Picard, Paul R., Quinn, Bernard. Churches and Church Membership in the United States: An Enumeration by Region, State and County. Washington, DC: Glenmary Research Center. 1974.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (1984): Survey of Church Membership, 1971. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.