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February 24, 2010

Methodists are still Baptists who can read

Filed under: Denominations,Religion — Razib @ 2:50 pm

Income by Religions:

Good has a rather unwieldy graph showing religion by income. No surprises, with Jews first and Hindus second in percent with six figure incomes, and Jehovah’s Witnesses and black Protestant churches last. It would be interesting to know whether there are still affluence distinctions mainline white Protestants, such as Episcopalian v. Methodist.

On a national level, there are. Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey has detailed tables on educations, income, etc., broken down by denomination. Here’s a table I created (I left out historically black denominations). The values are percentages in each category, though the last column is a ratio:

Denomination < $30 K $30 – $49 K $50 – $74 K $75 – $99 K $100 K + Post-grad Liberal ($100 K income)/(Post-grad)
Episcopal 16 19 11 18 35 27 26 1.3
Presbyterian Church USA 16 19 19 18 28 24 16 1.17
United Methodist 23 21 19 16 22 14 14 1.57
Disciplines of Christ 31 14 21 14 20 17 12 1.18
Presbyterian Church in America (Evangelical) 34 20 16 12 18 13 14 1.38
United Church of Christ 27 20 21 14 18 21 21 0.86
Evangelical Lutheran 24 24 21 15 17 11 15 1.55
Lutheran, Missouri Synod (Evangelical) 24 20 20 18 17 9 12 1.89
Southern Baptist 30 25 19 11 15 7 10 2.14
Church of Christ 37 24 17 11 11 6 12 1.83
Independent Baptist 37 25 17 11 11 5 9 2.2
Seventh-Day Adventist 46 26 10 7 11 5 16 2.2
American Baptist 46 22 16 9 8 5 16 1.6
Assemblies of God 41 26 15 11 8 4 6 2
Total Population 31 22 17 13 18 11 20 1.64

I ordered by % with more than $100,000 per year income, except for the total American population, which is at the bottom. The relationship between education and income is pretty strong on a denominational level:

I was curious if there was a relationship between liberalism and being relatively poor in relation to educational attainment. The United Church of Christ stands out here. So here’s a plot:

This probably needs to be looked at in more detail, this was just a “quick & dirty.” Though it is striking to me how the 19th century truism of a social rank order of Episcopal > Presbyterian > Methodist > Baptists, seems to obtain in the early 21st century. Sensitivity to initial conditions.

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