Sharp decline of US Christians numbers

Sharp decline of US Christians numbers

During the last seven years, the number of Americans, who identify themselves as Christian, has reduced at approximately eight percent. A new Pew Research Center’s survey showed that in 2014 almost 71% of Americans identified as Christian

During the last seven years, the number of Americans, who identify themselves as Christian, has reduced at approximately eight percent.

A new Pew Research Center’s survey showed that in 2014 almost 71% of Americans identified as Christian, when in 2007 this number was 78% what seemed to be quite bigger. However, in the same period the number of Americans that claimed to have no religion grew from 16% to 23%.

So Americans appeared to take the second place in a list of the largest communities without observing any religion after Evangelicals.

Although, the US still remained to be the home for more Christians than any other nation, because nearly seven-in-ten continue identifying themselves with some branches of Christianity.

Both years, 2007 and 2014, the “Religious Landscape Study” was set up by a Pew, so each time more than 30 000 people had been interviewed.

According to the Pew researches, the losses were discovered to be related to a decrease among liberal Protestants and Catholics of all US regions and among all ages and demographics. So in only seven years about 5 million less Americans identify as Christian.

The number of Atheists in the South rose to 19% of the population and in the Northeast they climbed to 25%. In the West they are the largest religious group that make up 28%.

Pew’s associate research director, Greg Smith, stated that research findings point not just to how people describe themselves, but to substantive changes among those, who are religiously unaffiliated.

Over the last decade, Non-religious Americans became rather organised and even started forming political groups in early 2007 to keep religion out of publicity.

Christians in the US

Americans who identify as
Christian: 70.6%
Protestant faiths: 46.5%
Evangelical: 25.4%
Catholic: 20.8%
Mainline or liberal: 14.7%
Mormon: 1.6%
Jehovah’s Witness: 0.8%
Other Christians: 0.4%

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