March 2, 2011

America’s Muslim Population 2030

1.7%

According to projections, Muslims will account for 1.7% of the U.S. population in 2030, up from 0.8% in 2010.

Population projections by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life estimate that the number of Muslims in the U.S will more than double over the next two decades, rising from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030, and growing as a share from 0.8% of the total population to 1.7%. The growth in population is in large part due to immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims. The estimated growth will put the American Muslim population on par with the Jewish and Episcopalian populations in the U.S today. These population projections also show that the U.S. will be one of 79 countries with a million or more Muslims in 2030. A majority of the world’s Muslims (about 60%) will continue to live in the Asia-Pacific region, about 20% will live in the Middle East and North Africa (as is the case today), 2.7% will reside in Europe and 0.5% will live in the Americas. Read More