The Muslim population in the United States is set to double in next three decades and will replace Jews as America’s second largest religious group.
At the moment Muslims are not as numerous as the number of Americans who identify as Jewish, according to Pew’s estimate. But their projections suggest that the US Muslim population will grow much faster than the country’s Jewish population. In the past decade, Muslims living in the U.S. has increased by nearly one million people—and if that population growth continues, Muslims could replace religiously Jewish people as America’s second-largest religious group by 2040, a new study out of the Pew Research Center shows.
In 2007, there were approximately 2.35 million Muslims living in the U.S. According to Pew’s projections, the Muslim population is growing much faster than the country’s Jewish population, and by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population will reach 8.1 million, or 2.1 percent of the nation’s total population—that’s twice their representation today. In fact, the U.S. Muslim population increases at about 100,000 people every year.
Christianity is still by far the largest religion in the United States with different Christian denominations representing about 71 percent of the population.
Pew said calculating the actual population of Muslims living in the United States is not easy, in part because the US Census Bureau does not ask questions about religion, meaning there is no official government figure of the number of Muslims or other religions in the US.
However, some scholars dispute the figures by Pew, arguing that the Muslim population in the US has already reached to about 7 million, which is twice the figure reported by Pew.
Almost three-quarters of US Muslims view Trump as unfriendly toward them and 64 percent said they experienced some sort of discrimination since Trump’s election.Trump’s hateful comments and actions directed at Muslims have perpetuated Islamophobia, said Zainab Chaudry, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Religious conversions haven’t had a large impact on the size of the US Muslim population, largely because about as many Americans convert to Islam as leave the faith.
While about one-in-five American Muslim adults were raised in a different faith tradition and converted to Islam, a similar share of Americans who were raised Muslim now no longer identify with the faith.