According to the Pew Research Centre’s Religious Landscape Study, America’s Hindu population has reached 2.23 million making Hinduism the fourth-largest faith. The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose to 0.7 percent last year.
Calculations using the population proportions in the report and census projections showed that the number of Hindus rose to 1.2 million in 2007.
Looking at the socio-economic profile of Hindus, the new Pew report said they had the highest education and income levels of all religious groups in the US.
Christians remain the largest religious group in the US. The rising trend of Hinduism in the US contrasts with India as the share of Hindus in the Indian population was expected to decline by 2.8 percent. Most of the increase in the Hindu population came through immigrations and not conversions. Hindus are least likely to convert to other religions.
The study also stated that the Hindu community in America is continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education and sanctity of marriage.
Five percent of San Francisco’s population is Hindu and three percent of New York City’s.