By 2040, Islam will be second largest religion in US: Study
Muslims are on course to become the second largest religious group in the US by 2040, a study by Pew Research Center has suggested.
Analysing studies they conducted in 2007, 2011 and 2017 with annual data from US Census, Pew concluded that the Muslim population is growing at an accelerated rate and will rise from an estimated 3.45 million in 2017 to an estimated 8.1 million in 2050, CNN reported.
By 2040, the number of Muslims will surpass the Jewish population to become the second largest religious group, the study said.
According to the Pew analysis, the reason for the burgeoning Muslim population was twofold — a high rate of immigration and a high fertility rate. It said that around three quarters of the Muslim population in the US are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
NBC quoted Besheer Mohamed, senior researcher at Pew, as saying that Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan were among countries that sent the largest number of Muslims to the United States over the past decade.
However, the number of Christians — the largest religious group in the US — will still see a massive growth in numbers, though a declining percentage of population, the study said. And despite its exponential rise, Muslims will only account for 2.1% of the US population.
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