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Study: Muslims Will Be Second-Largest Religious Group in U.S. by 2040

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: A young boy looks on as Muslims participate in a group prayer service during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Bensonhurst Park in the Brooklyn borough June 25, 2017 in New York City. Muslims around the …
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JOHN BINDER
Washington, DC

Muslims are on-track to be the second-largest religious group in the United States by the year 2040, according to new research.

Estimates by Pew Research Center now conclude that there are roughly 3.45 million Muslims living in the U.S., making up about 1.1 percent of the total American population.

While Christians will remain the largest religious group in the U.S., Muslims are set to overtake Jewish-Americans as the second-largest religious group in the country by 2040. Pew researchers estimate that the Muslim population will grow to an unprecedented 8.1 million, or 2.1 percent of the U.S. population, by 2050.

Pew Research Center

 

Since 2007, when Pew Research began estimating the size of the Muslim population in the U.S., the religious group has grown enormously in just a short period of time.

For example, in 2007, there were 2.35 million Muslims living in the U.S. Now, ten years later, the Muslim population has grown at a rate of about 100,000 per year due to high Muslim fertility rates and mass immigration from the Muslim world to the U.S.

Pew Research estimates that the state of New Jersey has a Muslim population that is between two to three times the national average based on Muslim adults per capita.

Every year, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration, whereby naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of extended foreign family members to the country. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of nearly 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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