Imagining the U.S. as a town of 100 people can help illuminate the nation's religious diversity.
The share of people completing a college education differs by religion, with members of some faith groups much more educated, on average, than others.
Roughly one-in-five U.S. adults were raised with a mixed religious background, according to a new Pew Research Center study.
Members of some religious groups on average have a higher household income than others, and those in the richest groups tend to be highly educated.
The share of Americans who do not identify with a religious group is surely growing, but there are differing ideas about the factors driving this trend.
The U.S. religious landscape is already in the midst of some dramatic changes when it comes to the growth or decline of people with certain religious identities. And while it is impossible to predict exactly how that landscape will shift in the future, some key demographic factors — particularly age — can provide a clue as to how things might unfold in the coming decades.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, who make up just less than 1% of U.S. adults, are known for their door-to-door proselytism. But members of this denomination, which has its origins in 19th-century America, are also unique in many other ways.
Standard lists of history’s most influential religious leaders – among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) – tend to be predominantly, if not exclusively, male. Many religious groups, including Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews, allow only men to be clergy, while others, including some denominations in the evangelical Protestant tradition, have lifted that restriction only in recent decades. Yet it often appears that the ranks of the faithful are dominated by women.
We sat down with Michael Hout, a professor of sociology at New York University, to examine possible reasons.
Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population.