How many Muslims live in the United States

2040: Islam is the second largest religion in the United States

In 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the second largest religious community in the United States, while Christians will continue to make up the largest proportion of the population. That comes from a report by the Pew Research Center in the USA. According to this, around 8.1 million people in the USA will profess Islam in 2050. That is around 2.1 percent of the US population and almost twice as many as in 2017. The Pew Research Center currently estimates the number of Muslims at 3.45 million.

The estimates are based on surveys conducted by the research center of US Muslims in 2017. The researchers found that Muslims dominate the group of immigrants and other demographic groups. They also used data from the United States' Census Bureau, even if it does not collect data on religious affiliation.

The Muslims living in the United States are not evenly distributed across the country. In some metropolitan areas, such as Washington D.C., there are large Muslim communities. In the state of New Jersey, for example, there are two to three times as many Muslim adults per capita as the national average. But there are also states and districts with significantly fewer Muslims.

Since the Research Institute's first estimate of the number of Muslims in the United States in 2007, their number has grown significantly. However, their share of the total US population was relatively small at 2.35 million. In 2011 the number had grown to 2.75 million, including 1.8 million adult Muslims.

Since then, the Muslim population has continued to grow at a rate of about 100,000 per year, due to both higher birth rates among Muslim Americans and continued migration of Muslims to the United States.

Conversions had little impact on the number of Americans with Muslim faith. According to information from the Pew Research Center, the number of converts is keeping up with the number of those who have apostated. While roughly one in five American Muslim adults grew up in a different faith tradition and converted to Islam, a similarly high proportion of Americans who grew up as Muslims no longer identify with the faith.

Other sources • Pew Research Center