Membership in Religious Organizations
What does this measure?
The percentage of the total population who are active participants in religious organizations, including all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services or participate in the congregation.
Why is this important?
Religious organizations have been a major part of our society and culture since the founding of our country. Many studies suggest an association between religious participation and civic engagement. Individuals who are involved in religious activities are more likely to volunteer and engage in community service, belong to community and neighborhood groups, give to charitable causes and be politically active.
How is our region performing?
In 2010, 43% of our region's residents were active participants in religious organizations, compared to 51% in the state and 49% in the nation. The rate for the region declined by 8 percentage points since 2000, similar to the 9-point decline in the state. The national rate remained fairly constant, down just one point. The surrounding counties as a whole have had a consistently lower participation rate each year than in Monroe County, the state and the nation. Outside of Monroe, Genesee County's religious participation rate has exceeded all other counties in the region, though the rate fell 15 points from 2000.
Notes about the data
The available data source does not include many African-American churches as well as some other religious groups. Data were only available in census years.