American Religion In The USA
America is a very religious country. As people from all over the world have come to America to settle, they have brought with them their systems of belief. Hence, there is probably not a religion in the entire world that is not represented by a community, or many, in America.
Religious in America – some fast facts
- There are the same amount of US Mormons as there are Episcopalians/Anglicans in the USA.
- Amongst religious groups, Hindus have a higher rate of educational attainment than any other religious group in the USA.
- Half the US population identify as Protestant. None of the members of the Supreme Court are Protestant.
- 10 states in the USA have a 50% weekly church attendance by their populace. These states are mostly in the South.
- While 11 states in the USA have a 33% weekly church attendance by their State residents.
- The Southern Baptist Convention has a ¼ as many members as the Catholic Church but twice as many churches.
- African slaves were the first Muslims in the USA.
- In 1776, only 1.6% of the US population claimed to be Catholic. After all, this was a nation being settled by Protestants fleeing religious persecution in Europe.
- There are 5.8 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (known as the Mormons) in the USA.
- Southern California is home to 40% of the USA’s 1.2 million Buddhists.
- Traditional Native American religions are only practiced by about 9000 people in the USA.
- There has been 1 Catholic vice president and 1 Catholic president in the USA.