Attendance at religious services is a family activity that can involve children in the broader community. Overall, the parents of 53.7 percent of children reported that their children attended religious services at least once a week, while 20.7 percent did not attend any religious services. The percentage of children who attend services once a week or more was higher in rural areas (56.7 percent in large rural areas and 57.5 percent in small) than in urban areas (52.9 percent).
In urban areas, children in lower-income households were more likely to attend religious services at least weekly than were those with higher family incomes. In small rural areas, the reverse was true: the highest percentage of children attending religious services at least weekly (61.1 percent) was found among children with family incomes between 200 and 399 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), and the lowest was found among children with household incomes below the FPL.
Within each racial and ethnic group, the percentage of children attending religious services weekly was highest in either small or large rural areas. The highest percentages were found among Black children in large rural areas (69.0 percent), Spanish-speaking Hispanic children in large rural areas (67.0 percent) and children whose race was identified as "other" in large rural areas (63.7 percent).