July 25, 2012

About Four-in-Ten Asian Americans Are Christian

42%

A plurality of Asian Americans say they are Christians, though Asian Americans are more religiously diverse than the U.S. population as a whole

About four-in-ten Asian Americans are Christian (42%), including 22% who are Protestant and a slightly smaller percentage who are Catholic (19%).

According to a recent report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, about a quarter (26%) of Asian Americans are unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular). Roughly one-in-seven Asian Americans are Buddhist (14%) and one-in-ten are Hindu (10%). The remainder consists of Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and followers of numerous other faiths.

Asian Americans are more religiously diverse than the U.S. population as a whole, which is overwhelmingly Christian (75%). There also are substantial differences in religious affiliation among the largest subgroups of Asian Americans by country of origin. Read More