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February 7, 2011 / J. Shaw

How Many Muslims are in America?

With all the Muslim-leaning, we are the world, media coverage BEFORE the crisis in Egypt, I am some of us think there are more Muslims in this country than there really are.Below is information on Muslims in the US. SHAW

Since the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t ask questions about religious affiliation, there’s actually quite a bit of debate over how many Muslims live in the U.S.

Without a solid count, studies are often reliant on assumptions and estimating techniques that have prompted skepticism in one quarter or another.

The largest estimate we found was 7 million, the number used by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which is an advocacy group for Muslim-Americans.

Academic population experts have produced lower estimates — between 1.8 million and 2.8 million.

We won’t wade too far into the debate, because even if the number is on the higher end of this range, the statement in the e-mail is still far off-base. 

Currently, the total U.S. population is estimated to be roughly 308 million people. That would make the Muslim % of the US Population about 1%

Assuming current rates of immigration, the Census Bureau projects that the U.S. population in 2030 — 20 years from now — will be 358 million.


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