Hindu wave surges in US
Published on May 16, 2015 13:50:50 PM
Looking at the changing religious landscape, Hindu population has reached 2.23 million in USA.
According to estimates based on a wide ranging study of religions in US, Hinduism is considered as the fourth largest faith.
The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose from 0.4 per cent in 2007 to 0.7 percent last year, according to the Pew Research Center's "Religious Landscape Study."
A previous report from Pew on the future of world religions in April said that by 2050, Hinduscould account up to 1.2 per cent of the US population and number 4.78 million. This would make the US Hindu population the fifth largest in the world.
The US census does not ask any kind of questions pertaining to 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 increasing trend of Hinduism in the US contrasts with that in India.
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."