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Muslims to overtake Jews as second largest religious group in America

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The Muslim population in America has been growing steadily for the past few years. New research by Pew Research Center reveals that Muslims will become the second largest religious group in the US in the next few years. As of right now Jews are the second largest religious group in America.

Muslims now make up 1.1% of America’s total population. New research from Pew has revealed that there were 3.45 million Muslims living in the US in 2017.

Moving to Canada seems like a more tolerant, viable option for Muslims in America but the act of migrating once again for many families who have come from thousands of miles away in search of a better life seems close to impossible. 

The first Muslims arrived in America during the years when the country was founded. Muslims had initially come over as slaves and were forcibly converted to Christianity.

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The Pew Research Center first began collecting data on the size of the Muslim population in America in 2007. Due to high fertility rates and ever rising Muslim immigration to the US, the Muslim population has grown by close to 100,000 people per year. 

 

 

Pew predicts that by 2040, Muslims will be the second largest religious group in the US. In 2017, Jews accounted for 2% of the American population. They make up the second highest religious group after Christianity in the US right now. However, due to people being unable to convert to Judaism and a limited number of Jewish immigrants, the Jewish population in the US has not grown at the level of the Muslim population. By 2050, Pew predicts the American Muslim population will climb to 8.1 million making Muslims 2.1% of America’s total population.

Muslims now make up 1.1% of America’s total population. New research from Pew has revealed that there were 3.45 million Muslims living in the US in 2017.

The Muslim population might be rising at a high rate, but Christians still overwhelmingly dominate the secular country making up for 70.6% of the adult population in the US. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-Christian faiths only make up 5.9% of the population.   

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All this information was collected just in the first year of Trump’s presidency. His anti-immigration and anti-Muslim stance may affect Pew’s projections for the US Muslim population in the coming years. As anti-Muslim sentiment in the country is on the rise, lots of Muslims are considering leaving the increasingly intolerant US. Violent crimes and hate speech are also on the rise against Muslims.

This has led to many Muslims thinking of different places to migrate. Moving to Canada seems like a more tolerant, viable option for Muslims in America but the act of migrating once again for many families who have come from thousands of miles away in search of a better life seems close to impossible. 


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