Religion in the USA

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Fast Facts and Religious Adherent Statistics
Population 334,998,398 (#3 in world) (2021 est.)
Ethnic Groups White 72.4%, Black 12.6%, Asian 4.8%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.9%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2%, other 6.2%, two or more races 2.9% (2010 est.)
Religions Protestant 46.5%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah's Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other 1.8%, unaffiliated 22.8%, don't know/refused 0.6% (2014 est.)
Christianity 69.8% (2014 est.)
Protestantism 46.5% (2014 est.)
Unaffiliated 22.8% (2014 est.)
Roman Catholicism 20.8% (2014 est.)
Agnosticism 4% (2014 est.)
Atheism 3.1% (2014 est.)
Judaism 1.9% (2014 est.)
Mormonism 1.6% (2014 est.)
Islam 0.9% (2014 est.)
Jehovahs Witnesses 0.8% (2014 est.)
Buddhism 0.7% (2014 est.)
Hinduism 0.7% (2014 est.)

American religion is as diverse as its population.

Most Americans consider themselves Christians. Almost 50% identify with Protestant Christianity, while approximately 20% identify with Roman Catholicism. However, only about 36% of Americans attend church regularly.

Many Christian sects with a worldwide presence have their origins in the USA, including Mormonism and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Eastern religions continue to grow in the United States, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Often these faiths are combined with American secularism or syncretism so that the product is a notably "American form" of them.

Judaism and Islam are firmly rooted in America as well, though their numbers are smaller.

Sources

  1. United States.” CIA World Factbook.
  2. United States.” Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.
  3. United States.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  4. U.S. Religious Landscape Study.” Pew Research Center. Survey conducted in 2014 by the Pew Research Center, based on telephone interviews with more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states.
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Title Religion in the USA
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Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/usa
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MLA Citation “Religion in the USA.” ReligionFacts.com. 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021. <religionfacts.com/usa>