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Michigan Religious Data, 1950 and 1960 (ICPSR 21)

Principal Investigator(s): United Presbyterian Church in the United States. Synod of Michigan


This data collection contains county-level information on churches and church membership by denomination in Michigan for 1950 and 1960. Information is given on the names of the county, presbytery, and church. Other variables provide information on the number of churches and church members for each denomination. Additional variables give the number and percentage of the state population who were 14 years and older in each county in 1950 and in 1960, the percentage of this age group who attended churches in 1950 and in 1960, and the percentage of the change in membership in each denomination between 1950 and 1960.

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Study Description


United Presbyterian Church in the United States, Synod of Michigan. MICHIGAN RELIGIOUS DATA, 1950 AND 1960. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00021.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00021.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    church attendance, church buildings, church membership, counties, religion, religious denominations

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Universe:    Counties in Michigan.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data map is provided as an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

church membership records

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18



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