Report: Muslim population in U.S. to double in 20 years

That, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.


There are about 2.6 million Muslim adults and children in the United States (0.8 percent of the U.S. population) in 2010. That figure is expected to rise to 6.2 million (1.7 percent) in 2030, predicted the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life report released Thursday.

Most of the growth will be due to immigration and higher birth rates among Muslims. Christians are, however, expected to still make up by far the majority of the population. But by 2030, Muslims are predicted to be as numerous as Jews or Episcopalians are in the United States today.

“The Muslim population will double in the U.S., but the report cannot indicate what portion of the spectrum of Islam will be practiced by American Muslims,” pointed out Pastor Joel C. Hunter of Northland, A Church Distributed in Central Florida, to The Christian Post.

“Muslims, like Christians, are not a uniform block of believers. The bridges built or burned between Christianity, Islam, and other religions are likely to profoundly affect its expression in this nation and around the world.”

Hunter was a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and served on the Inter-Religious Cooperation taskforce. He is also on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.

“The Future of the Global Muslim Population” report also predicts that the Muslim population worldwide will increase by 35 percent, or from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030.

This means that the worldwide Muslim population would be growing about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population. Based on this prediction, Muslims would make up slightly more than a quarter (26.4 percent) of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030. In 2010, Muslims make up 23.4 percent of the world’s population of 6.9 billion.

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3 responses to “Report: Muslim population in U.S. to double in 20 years”

  1. Already I am reading and hearing nasty comments directed against Muslims over this issue and worry over the potential development of Muslims being an ever increasing percentage of the population.
    But shouldn’t our criticism be directed at the self-genocide going on in the Western world. Abortion, birth control of any kind at all costs, etc.
    The Bible enjoins us to be” fruitful and multiply.” And the hard fact of biological reproduction is that those who are willing to give birth WILL populate the earth and those who are anti-life will be marginalized or become extinct.

  2. This country is a made up of many religions, and personally I don’t find this a problem. Unlike many folks that prediction doesn’t bother me. Those children will be raised in the USA and will be American’s. Yes, we assume they will be raised in the faith of their parents, but, like some children of other religions, may leave it as adults and either choose no faith or another one. Not all children follow the faith they are raised in.

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