America's "non-religious" population is surging
America is becoming less and less Christian, according to Pew.
By Austin Keeler | Feb 11, 2020 | Print-friendly

The United States is becoming a less Christian country, according to Pew Research Center data. The data shows that more than a quarter of Americans are agnostic, atheist, or "non-religious," while the percentages of Americans who identify as Christian or attend church services regularly has dropped steadily over the last decade.

The proportion of U.S. adults who identify as Christian now stands at two-thirds, a 12-percentage point drop from 10 years ago, according to Pew. And 54% of Americans now either do not attend religious services or only go to them a few times a year, versus 45% who attend services at least once a month; while the percentage who go to services more than once a month has fallen by 7 percentage points over the last decade.

In the same 10-year time span, the percentage of adults who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or "nothing in particular" rose from 17% to more than 25%.

"Religious 'nones' are growing faster among Democrats than Republicans, though their ranks are swelling in both partisan coalitions," the report states.

The report found that the upward trends away from religion run strongest among young adults, although it noted rising percentages of adults identifying as non-religious in all age brackets: Only 49% of millennials identify as Christians, and 40% are non-religious.

Non-Christian faiths have also seen some growth, according to Pew. The report indicated that 7% of Americans now identify with another non-Christian faith tradition, up from 5% in 2009. The percentage includes 2% who are Jewish, 1% who are Muslim, 1% who are Buddhist, 1% who are Hindu, and 3% who practice another faith, follow their own faith practice, or are "spiritual".