amazing diversity all over America

August 17, 2007

From the 2004 issue of published by North American Mission Board, The world at our doorstep: where they live, work and pray ::

  • Among Americans age 5 and over, 47 million speak a language other than English at home (about 18 percent of the population)a growth of 47 percent between 1990 and 2000.

  • 4.1 million Muslims live in the U.S.

  • Muslim Americans tend to be heavily concentrated in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Detroits population includes more Muslims than virtually any other U.S. city. McDonalds restaurants in the Detroit area now provide halal Chicken McNuggets for the growing population of Muslim customers there.
  • 2.5 million Buddhists live in the U.S.

  • 1 million Hindus live in the U.S. Another 100,000 live in Canada. Edison, New Jersey, has the highest concentration of Hindus in the U.S.

  • About a quarter million Sikhs live in America, with 100,000 living on each coast.  Other areas with high numbers of Sikhs are Chicago, Detroit, and Austin, Texas.

  • New York City has the largest Chinatown in the United States, with an estimated population in excess of 100,000, excluding undocumented illegal aliens. Counting the illegals could easily double that number.

  • Orange County in California has the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam at 233,000.

  • The largest concentration of Afghans is in Freemont, California.

  • The largest numbers of immigrants coming into Seattle are from the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea.

  • Vietnamese and South Koreans top the list of immigrants coming into the Atlanta metropolitan area.

  • Miami is the Latino capital of the United States with Latinos and Hispanics making up 57 percent of the Miami-Dade County population.

  • About half of all Arab-Americans live in five states: California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.  One of the highest concentrations of Arab-Americans can be found in Dearborn, Michigan, where roughly 30 percent of the population is of Arab descent.

  • Jews make up roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population. More Jews live in the U.S. than in Israel.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the worlds richest and fastest-growing religious movements. The Mormon church today has a worldwide membership of 11 million more than half outside the U.S. If current trends hold, Mormons could number 265 million worldwide by 2080, second only in number to Roman Catholics. Such an increase in membership may be attributed to an aggressive missionary program that enlists more than 60 percent of all young Mormons.

Sources: U.S. Census 2000; U.S. News and World Report, Special Collectors Edition, 2004; Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America by Mann, Gurinder Singh, et al; Reaching the World in Our Own Backyard by Rajendra K. Pillai, 2003; American Religious Identification Survey, 2001; Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2002;;, April 26, 2003 and, December 29, 2003

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