Posts tagged with "U.S. Census"

America’s Muslim population is growing

January 5, 2018

Recent political debates over Muslim immigration have prompted questions about just how many Muslims actually live in America. The U.S. Census does not ask about religion, but—based on results of its own survey and demographic study, released on January 3—Pew Research Center estimates that, in 2017, there were about 3.45 million Muslims living nationwide, making up about 1.1% of the total U.S. population.

What’s more, the Muslim population is growing faster than are the numbers of some other “minority” religions. For example, while there are currently not as many Muslims in America as there are people who identity as Jewish (1.9% of the population), Pew projects that, by 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians.

And by 2050, the researchers anticipate that America’s Muslim population will reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population—nearly twice the share of today.

Like other demographic groups, Muslims tend to settle near others of the same religious and cultural preferences. Some metro areas, such as Washington, D.C., have sizable Muslim communities. Likewise, certain states, such as New Jersey, are home to two or three times as many Muslim adults per capita as the national average.

When Pew first conducted a study of Muslim Americans in 2007, the pollsters estimated that there were 2.35 million Muslims of all ages (including 1.5 million adults) nationwide. By 2011, the number of Muslims had increased to 2.75 million (including 1.8 million adults). Since then, the Muslim population has continued to grow at a rate of roughly 100,000 per year, driven both by higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S.

Religious conversions haven’t had a large impact on the size of the U.S. Muslim population, largely because about as many Americans convert to Islam as leave the faith. Indeed, while about 20% of  American Muslim adults were raised in a different faith tradition and converted to Islam, a similar share of Americans were raised Muslim and now no longer identify with the faith.

Research contact: info@pewresearch.org.

Early retirement could kill you

December 21, 2017

People who retire early die sooner than those who keep working past 65, a new study by Cornell University released on December 19 reveals. Indeed, men have a 20% higher mortality risk, if they start claiming Social Security benefits at 62, or three years before retirement age, the researchers found.

U.S. Census figures reveal a clear correlation between premature death and premature retirement, according to an analysis by two university researchers. While this could be down to the fact that many are forced to take early retirement due to underlying health conditions, the researchers warn we cannot be certain of that theory.

The research conducted by economists Maria Fitzpatrick and Timothy Moore, and covered by The Daily Mail UK, involved the review of comprehensive birth and death records for the entire U.S. population.

They found that fully 33% of Americans start taking Social Security benefits at 62, which is deemed early retirement for most employees.

Interestingly enough, for those whose retirement technically started at 62 or earlier, retiring at 62 had no impact on their health. However, they found that those who retired early at 62 had a significantly higher mortality rate than workers who retired on time.

They concluded that early retirement ‘may have an immediate, negative impact’ on health.

What’s more, this is far from the first study to find this correlation. Last year, researchers at Oregon State University found that those who work past age 65 could add more years to their life.

Research contact: maria.d.fitzpatrick@cornelll.edu