By 2050, Muslims Could Be 2nd-Largest US Religious Group

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 3:52 pm (UTC-4)

(Photo courtesy George Fox Evangelical Seminary)

(Photo courtesy George Fox Evangelical Seminary via Flickr)

If the current demographic trends hold, Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, surpassing Jews, who currently hold the number two spot, according to the Pew Research Center.

PF_15.04.02_ProjectionsOverview_usReligComposition_310pxU.S. Muslims have the highest fertility rate and the youngest median age of any major religious group in the country, according to Michael Lipka of the Pew Research Center, which is helping to fuel this growth.

The number of people who identify as Jewish is expected to decline from 1.8 percent in 2010 to 1.4 percent in 2050.

In 2010, the median age of American Jews was 41 years old, while the media age for Muslims was 24 — a 17-year age gap.

Also, on average, Jews have 1.9 children per woman while that number is 2.8 for U.S. Muslims, according to Pew.

In a 2013 survey, Pew found that more than that 22 percent of American Jewish adults considered themselves to be atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular, but still identified as Jewish.

Pew does not include these people in the Jewish population. If the projected numbers were to include these “cultural” or “ethnic” Jews, it’s possible this more broadly defined Jewish population might still outnumber Muslims in 2050.

Whatever the changes, overall, the United States is expected to remain an overwhelmingly Christian nation.

In 2010, more than three-fourths of Americans — 78.3 percent — identified as Christian.

However, a growing number of Americans consider themselves to be religiously unaffiliated and, by 2050, the number of people who consider themselves to be Christians is expected to drop to 66.4 percent.

All three religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism — trace their common origin to the patriarch Abraham and believe in a single God.

19 responses to “By 2050, Muslims Could Be 2nd-Largest US Religious Group”

  1. ali baba says:

    once the Muslim population became the second largest ethnic group, United State Of America become third world country. The American dream is over . Islamic faith is based on violence. Mohammed converted his people by force. once he died ,the abandon Islam and his faithful friend wave another war called war of apostasy . then all Muslim rulers killed by violence . the history of Islam extended for 1400 years of aggression. . it is better for USA to reduce Muslim population to avoid catastrophe

    • Xaaji Dhagax says:

      Islam is not what causes the current violence, terrorism and backwardness mentality, the real trouble makers are people originally from Middle East; does not matter whether they are Muslims, Christians, Jewish or any other religions/tribes. Middle Eastern people are genetically violent species which probably impossible now to tame them.
      There’s little difference between Christianity and Islam when it comes to brutality. Both religions, at one point, condone rape, revenge killings and slavery towards black people. Both religions,in my view, are man made ideologies and did not came from God.
      Americans are very advanced people, religion will never become the rule of land, no matter who are the majority. Americans knowingly elected a son of a Muslim two times to highest position of the country. By 2050 those of religion warmongers will be become nonsense and insignificant in the society. America will remain secular state!

      • lone eagle says:

        “There’s little difference between Christianity and Islam when it comes to brutality.” This is not an accurate statement as it applies to Christianity because a central tenet to Christianity is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in which He delivered the Beatitudes such as blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy to blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God. In my copy of The Qur’an, a translation by a Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of London who was born in Egypt and learned the Qur’an by heart from childhood I see nothing in his index of his translation The Qur’an that is remotely related to Jesus’ Beatitudes.For example in my copy of The Qur’an peace is cited in the index as a single word with no explanation. While in the Catechism of the Catholic Church peace is cited in the index in 6 different paragraphs. For example in the Catechism in paragraph 2317 injustice, excessive economic or social inequalities, envy, distrust, and pride threaten peace. Again in my Qur’an no citation in the index for mercy, yet in the Catechism there are two paragraphs on mercy.

        “Americans are very advanced people, religion will never become the rule of land, no matter who are the majority.” Yes Christianity is the rule of the land but not in the sense of Protestant Fundamentalists or biblical literalists that refute evolution. Catholics are not biblical literalists meaning that to discover the truth in the Bible requires the reader to take into account the conditions of the time and culture, as well the modes of feeling, speaking, and narrating at the time. Besides the Bible, Catholics also depend on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Catholic Social Doctrine. Catholic Social Doctrine (CSD) was developed in the 19th Century. The heart of CSD is its criticism of laissez-faire capitalism and states that an economic system that subordinates the basic rights of individuals and groups to the collective organization of production is contrary to human dignity. Every practice that reduces persons to a means of profit enslaves man. The Catholic Church does not accept the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. It was Catholic Social Doctrine that Theodore Roosevelt President of the United States employed to improve the working and living conditions for millions of Americans in the early 1900’s.

        • abdull qayum says:

          hello to you i believe that Qur’an is Allah’s book and Allah said: i protect my holy book. if you study Qur’an with interpretation i believe that you will accept Islam.

    • jama says:

      what ever the case is, i believe that increasing Muslim community to the united state will only enhance security, and self worth of american citizen,lay dawn Islam has history of peace,the idea of this guy implies lack of rationality thinking and poor conceptual framework. if you read the history of prophet mohomed peace Allah be up on him you will never talk like that. Allah help you to understand the reality and the right path way

      • TiredOfTheIdiocracy says:

        I keep hearing how Islam is a religon of peace, somehow I don’t see a relgion that is stuck in the middle ages as peaceful. Brutality, misogyny, and ignorance seem to be at the forefront of Islam.

        • Danyal says:

          Do some research, Islam is very relevant in today’s world. There is a reason why it is growing all over the world, despite Islamophobia and massive main stream media campaigns to distort the image of Islam.

          • ali baba says:

            the fact that Islam is in a societies that marked by ignorance . these societies will create serious problem of terrorism and barbaric behavior for example isis is slaughtering people like sheep and slave woman. Islam has no respect for human rights

    • Danyal says:

      “Ali Baba” you belong in a cartoon. You are completely wrong about history of Islam. It’s only a matter of fact that the European renaissance would not have been possible without the translation, interpretation, and preservation of the classical text by the Muslim Moors of Spain. As far as your claims that Islam spread by the sword, again completely false. Muhammad (PBUH) was choose peace over conflict, even when the early muslims were persecuted. It was Islam that brought the first human rights, women’s rights, and rules of war (way before there was even a place called Geneva). The reason Islam will continue to grow is simply because people are spiritually starving for the truth. America will only benefit from the Muslims. Now, the question is will American still be a place that attracts the brightest?

  2. lone eagle says:

    Is Islam a religion, or an ideology posing as a religion?

  3. ali baba says:

    it is rather ideology than religion

  4. Sadly, it is true that from the very beginning Islam was built on violence. Of course most Muslims are not violent but the seed is there. Those who defend them are being disingenuous, at the very least, when they talk about the Crusades and Inquisition, and ignore the history of from violence that began with Mohammed himself. Within a century they had conquered Spain and Sicily. Only Charles the Hammer stopped them in France or they would hold Europe. It also is disgusting to suggest that Jesus, son of God or just a man, had anything to do with violence among so-called Christians.

    • TiredOfTheIdiocracy says:

      There is no denying the Crusades or the Inquisition. The difference is the time frame those events happened. I simply cannot see Christians getting away with such horrid events in the modern age. Perhaps if Islam could be dragged into the modern age their brutality could become history rather than current events. In the middle ages Christianity was not a peaceful religion, now while there are many Christians who are intolerant of others they couldn’t get away with burning them alive or beheading them. They might daydream about it, but the current reality and modern thinking disavows such actions.

      Islam uses fear and intimidation to try and force their beliefs down the world’s throat. I have always tried to keep an open mind, and respect other’s beliefs or lack thereof. However when faced with such a pronounced lack of humanity I cannot respect the beliefs that foster such hatred.

  5. TiredOfTheIdiocracy says:

    This sounds like yet another good reason to leave America behind. Freedom of Speech is under attack, PC freaks have gotten out of control, we are becoming a nation of wimps. If we speak out we can be sued, if we think in a way the PC police don’t approve of we can be sued.

    America is becoming a global joke.

  6. longman says:

    I thinks Aslam is good for all human _ and it is the saver for us if you belive on it you will enter the paradise

  7. longman says:

    I think quoran is the write

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *