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May 13, 2015 10:22 am

Pew Survey: Judaism Rises With Christianity’s Decline, But Not as Fast as Islam

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The Pew Research Center's newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study shows a decline in the Christian population in the U.S., and rises in the Jewish and Muslim populations. Photo: Tazpit News Agency.

JNS.org – The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study revealed that while the Jewish population in the U.S. increased by 0.2% from 2007-13, the fastest-growing religion in the U.S. is currently Islam, with 0.5% growth during the same period. Islam is followed by Hinduism, which had 0.3% growth.

Non-Christian faiths as a whole, according the survey, grew by 1.2% during those years. Meanwhile, those who are unaffiliated with a particular faith, including those identifying as atheist or agnostic, grew by 6.7%. The population of those identifying as Christian went down by 7.8%, with the largest decline reported in the Evangelical population.

Among non-Christian religions, the survey said, Jews and Hindus are reported to be the most educated religious groups in the U.S., with 59% of Jews and 77% of Hindus reported to have academic degrees. Those two religious groups are also reported to have the highest average household incomes, with 36% of Hindu families and 44% of Jewish families earning more than $100,000 annually.

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