Fueled by immigration, Hinduism becomes fourth-largest faith in US

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    Fueled by immigration, Hinduism becomes fourth-largest faith in US

    NEW YORK: Fueled by immigration, America's Hindu population has reached 2.23 million, an increase of about one million or 85.8 percent since 2007, making Hinduism the fourth-largest faith, according to estimates based on wide-ranging study of religions in the nation.

    The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose from 0.4 percent in 2007 to 0.7 percent last year, according to the Pew Research Center's "Religious Landscape Study" published on Tuesday.

    The study only gave the percentage shares of Hindus in the population, rather than numbers, but calculations by IANS using the population proportions in the report and census projections showed that the number of Hindus rose from 1.2 million in 2007 out of a total US population of 301.2 million that year to 2.23 million in 2014 in a population of 318.88 million. This amounts to an increase of 1.03 million or 85.8 percent in the Hindu population during the seven-year period.

    Pew said that it may have underestimated the size of the Hindu population.

    An earlier report from Pew on the future of world religions in April said that by 2050, Hindus would make up 1.2 percent of the US population and number 4.78 million. This would make the US Hindu population the fifth largest in the world.

    Looking at the socio-economic profile of Hindus, the new Pew report released on Tuesday said they had the highest education and income levels of all religious groups in the US: 36 percent of the Hindus said their annual family income exceeded $100,000, compared with 19 percent of the overall population. And 77 percent of Hindus have a bachelor's degree compared to 27 percent of all adults and 48 percent of the Hindus have a post-graduate degree.

    Even as some American Christian organisations push for proselytisation in India, their share of the US population fell by 7.8 percent during the seven-year period, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year, the Pew study said. That works out to about 11 million fewer Christians.

    However, "Christians remain by far the largest religious group in the United States, but the Christian share of the population has declined markedly," the report said.

    Underlying the change, there was a marked increase in the number of people who say they have "no particular religion," the study reported. About 23 percent of American adults fell into this category, up seven percent from the 16 percent in 2007. Included in this broad category are atheists who make up 3.1 percent of the total US population and agnostics, four percent.

    Compared to Christianity, the others are miniscule despite the increases. The second largest religion is Judaism, which accounts for 1.9 percent of the population, with an increase of 0.2 percent, the study found. It is followed by Islam with a 0.9 percent share of the population, up by 0.5 percent. Buddhism ties for the fourth place with Hinduism at 0.7 percent.

    The US census does not ask questions about religion. The Pew Research Center, an independent Washington-based organisation, surveyed more than 35,000 people across the US to fill this gap and arrive at the statistics.

    The rising trend of Hinduism in the US contrasts with that in India. The Pew report released in April said that the share of Hindus in the Indian population was expected to decline by 2.8 percent, from 79.5 percent in 2010 to 76.7 percent in 2050 even though their numbers were projected to grow to almost 1.3 billion by that year in a total Indian population of nearly 1.7 billion.

    The new report Tuesday on the religions in the US said that most of the increase in the Hindu population came through immigration and not conversions: 87 percent are immigrants and nine percent are the children of immigrants, the report said. Only 10 percent of the Hindus are converts, with Catholics and unaffiliated each accounting for 3 percent.

    Hindus are least likely to convert to other religions, according to the report: Of all the America adults who said they were raised as Hindus, 80 percent continued to adhere to Hinduism. Of those born Hindu, who did not any longer identify themselves as Hindus, 18 percent said they had no religious affiliation (a category that includes atheists and agnostics), and only one percent joined Christian Protestant sects.

    Rajan Zed, the Nevada-based president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, attributed the high retention rate of Hinduism to "the focus on inner search, exploring the vast wisdom of scriptures and making spirituality more attractive to youth and children."

    Referring to the social and economic attributes of Hindus reported in the Pew study, told IANS, "The Hindu community in America is continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, and sanctity of marriage amidst so many distractions."

    These are the highlights of the Hindu community profile in the report:

    * Hindus have the lowest divorce rate of only 5 percent.

    * Hindus are least likely to marry outside their religion: 91 percent have a spouse or partner who is a fellow Hindu.

    * The median age of Hindu adults is 33 years.

    * Five percent of San Francisco's population is Hindu and three percent of New York City's.

    * Most Hindus live in the West (38 percent) and the Northeast (33 percent).

    An anomaly in the report is that 62 percent of Hindus are men and 38 percent women, a difference of 24 percent, which may be due to the pattern of immigration.


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    Interesting to note that hindus are least likely to convert or marry outside their faith...
     
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    Bullshit article, intended to give a sense of complacency to looser Hindus. I am reminded of the proverbial frog being boiled in a pot and only realizing that its not a nice steam bath until its too late. Hindus are living on borrowed time.
     
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    Well we do have a very open minded faith.
     
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    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

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    These are hindus in the US.
    Yes in India hindus are on a collision course with genocide.
     
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    Yes but less likely to convert is something that i would want to know more about. This survey is on US hindus' faith not on Indian hindus' faith and we know that when a faith is in minority the followers are more staunch. Are Indian hindus' as faithful to faith?
     
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    They are related. Only due to immigration from India are Hindus increasing in US. Please look at the big picture instead of a few feel good stories. That is one problem I see with our people, that they just don't want to hear the bitter truth and just comfort themselves to the contrary or rely on some Kalki avatar to save them. History shows only might works, Hindus should learn from the Mahabharata as SriKrishna killed all major senapatis using deceitful, unethical methods because dharma was to prevail. Anyways going off on a tangent....but yes Hindus are living on borrowed time, look at the Christian expansion article I posted.
     
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    After living in USA for ten years, its only the newly arrived FOB's who marry other Hindus. Most second generation Hindus marry outside the faith and get converted.
     
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    My family tells me to leave india just because of this $hit. I know all the problems you are talking about.
     
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    Converted or atheist/secular ?
     
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    But there are people in this very forum who can't accept the truth.
     
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    I was there from 1994-2003, and most cases I saw were Indian guys having a Christian marriage. I don't know if they oficially converted but you can bet on it that their children all grew up to be good Christians.
     
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    Why so-much INFERIORITY COMPLEX about your country&your faith.I mean how-many US xians converted to Hindus/Buddhist after landing in India/Jpn.

    I don't know why people boast about stupid EU&US.India/China/jpn/Singapore have less crimes Compared to those racist countries.:(
     
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    • Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird's belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race "looking out for its best interests," as a politician would say. On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey. It will incur a revision of belief.
    -N. N. Taleb, The black swan​
     
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    hmm .. hard to say. Well they are as good as gone.
     
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    Its called passage of time. They are born to hindus but they don't feel connected to the faith. They are more likely to be agnostic or atheists. I have cousins in the US who were born there and its highly likely that their next generation will be hindu in name only. It might mean that people do not necessarily convert to christianity or the next popular majority religion around them.
    This has nothing to do with a complex. People lose touch with their roots over generations.

     
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    I don't know how accurate this is? About 50 percent of marriages I went to this year were outside the faith.
     
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    I think they are not talking about second gen americans of indian origin. This seems to be factoring new immigrants but i am not sure.

     
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    And I bet in all those marriages, the Hindus converted to _____ or ______
     
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    Well Hindu men in general are f*ggots ... weak and pathetic ... this weakness is perpetuated by their parents in the name of "non violance" and "Hinduism is a way of life."
     
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