Monday, May 04, 2009

Religion, belief in God, and income: As a follow-up to the last post, I looked at mean annual income by religion for GSS respondents:

Mean income by religion (N = 7,559)

Other Eastern 18.38
Jewish 18.25
Hindus 17.65
Orthodox Christian 16.82
Buddhist 15.09

All Americans 14.34

Catholic 14.16
Protestant 14.15
None 14.12
Muslim 14.12
Christian 13.50
Inter-denominational 12.97
Native American 12.18

And for belief in God:

No way to find out 15.20
Doesn't believe 14.46
Believes but doubts 14.25
Believes sometimes 14.11
Some higher power 13.79
Knows God exists 13.69


  1. Anonymous7:07 AM

    What do those figures in red mean, specifically?

  2. Anonymous7:10 AM

    Oh, I read the previous post. Explained.

  3. Anonymous4:03 PM

    The religious groups of America aren't distributed evenly. A unionized Catholic plumber in NYC might make 150k a year, while Joe the Plumber in Toledo was reported to be making 40k as a middle age divorced man. However the cost of living in NYC, especially Manhattan, is vastly higher than it is in NW Ohio. I think I saw JtP in front of his house being interviewed on TV, so he may have a far higher standard of living.

    The lack of income data seems to be a major flaw in the GSS. I thought a major study like this would have data on something as obvious as income.


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