Muslim Population in the United States
Muslim population in the United States – Political debate in the United States has recently been busy discussing Muslim immigration in the country. A related issue has prompted many to ask, how much of the Muslim population actually lives in the United States (US)?
Pew Research Center on the official pewresearch.org website on January 3, 2018 launched that giving answers to the Muslim population in the US is not easy. Partly because the US Census Bureau doesn’t ask questions about religion. This means there is no official government count of the US Muslim population.
However, based on surveys and demographic research and outside sources, the Pew Research Center estimates that there were approximately 3.45 million Muslims of all ages living in the US in 2017. That means Muslims make up about 1.1% of the total US population.
There are not as many Muslims in the US as Americans who identify as Jewish based on religion. At the same time, projections suggest the US Muslim population will grow much faster than the Jewish population.
US Muslim Population Growth Rate
By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the second largest religious group after Christianity. And by 2050, the US Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million. This figure represents 2.1% of the country’s total population – almost double its current share.
The latest estimates combine information from the Pew Research Center’s 2017 survey of US Muslims – which reports on the prevalence of Muslims among immigrants and other demographic groups – with the Census Bureau official data on the number of people in Muslim groups.
Muslims are not evenly distributed across the country. Some metro areas, such as Washington, D.C., have sizable Muslim communities. Likewise, certain states, such as New Jersey, are home to two or three times as many Muslim adults per capita than the national average. However, there are also states and counties with far fewer Muslims.
Since the Pew Research Center’s first estimates, the number of Muslims in America has grown rapidly, albeit from a relatively low base. When it first carried out its research on American Muslims in 2007, it estimated that there were 2.35 million Muslims of all ages (including 1.5 million adults) in the US.
By 2011, the number of Muslims had grown to 2.75 million (including 1.8 million adults). Since then, the Islamic population in America has continued to grow at a rate of about 100,000 per year. This is driven by higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as continued Muslim migration to the US.
Religious conversion has had little impact on the size of the US Muslim population. This is because as many Americans have converted to Islam as have abandoned their faith. Indeed, some one in five American Muslim adults grew up in a different religious tradition and converted to Islam. Meanwhile, some Americans who were raised Muslim now no longer identify with that belief. (MZN)