Hindus now number 2.23 million in the US.
WASHINGTON, DC: The United States’ Hindu population has reached 2.23 million, an increase of about one million or 85.8 percent since 2007, making Hinduism the fourth-largest faith, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose from 0.4 percent in 2007 to 0.7 percent last year, according to the Pew Research Center’s “Religious Landscape Study” published on Tuesday. The factors leading to the increase can be attributed to immigration, natural birth, and conversion. There is a Hindu presence in each state of the United States.
Hindus also continued to be among the most educated religious traditions. According to Pew’s data, “77 [percent] of Hindus are college graduates.” Furthermore, 36 percent Hindus reported their annual family income exceeds $100,000, compared with 19 percent of the public overall.
According to a story by IANS:
The study only gave the percentage shares of Hindus in the population, rather than numbers, but calculations by IANS using the population proportions in the report and census projections showed that the number of Hindus rose from 1.2 million in 2007 out of a total US population of 301.2 million that year to 2.23 million in 2014 in a population of 318.88 million. This amounts to an increase of 1.03 million or 85.8 percent in the Hindu population during the seven-year period.
However, “Christians remain by far the largest religious group in the United States, but the Christian share of the population has declined markedly,” the report said.
The second largest religion is Judaism, which accounts for 1.9 percent of the population, with an increase of 0.2 percent, the study surmised. It is followed by Islam with which slots in with 0.9 percent share of the population, up by 0.5 percent. Buddhism ties for the fourth place with Hinduism at 0.7 percent.