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


Anonymous said...

What do those figures in red mean, specifically?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I read the previous post. Explained.

Ronduck said...

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.