Pew: Islam to Become the Second-Biggest Religion in the U.S. by 2040

“By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians.”

Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the US by 2040, according to a new Pew Research study.

The data published by the Washington-based Pew Research Center shows that that Muslims will outnumber Jews to becomes the second largest religious group in the U.S., behind Christianity, in less than 20 years.

The Muslim population will double from 3.45 million in 2017 to 8.1 million in 2050. Higher birth rates and migration from Muslim counties are behind this staggering demographic growth, the study claims.

Similar trends are being witnessed across Europe as well, where the Muslim population is set to triple by 2050.

The Pew Research Center summarized the findings of the new study:

[O]ur projections suggest that the U.S. Muslim population will grow much faster than the country’s Jewish population. By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.

The latest estimate combines information from our 2017 survey of U.S. Muslims — which reported on the prevalence of Muslims among immigrants and other demographic groups —  with official Census Bureau data on the number of people in these groups. (...)

When we first conducted a study of Muslim Americans in 2007, we estimated that there were 2.35 million Muslims of all ages (including 1.5 million adults) in the U.S. By 2011, the number of Muslims had grown to 2.75 million (including 1.8 million adults). Since then, the Muslim population has continued to grow at a rate of roughly 100,000 per year, driven both by higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S.

As the conservative commentator Mark Steyn once wrote, “The more Islamic a society gets, the less free speech it has – the less intellectual inquiry, artistic achievement, contrarian spirit.” This becomes evident if one looks at today’s Europe.

The growth in Muslim population in Europe, especially in the UK, France and Germany, has been accompanied by creeping Sharia and a relentless campaign of Islamist terror. This trend could now replicate itself in the U.S. as well.

Issues

Organizations