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Who are American Hindus?

Hinduism today is a minority religion in the United States. Pew Research Center studies cite Hindu practitioners (not including the Hindu sects) account for an estimated 0.8% of the total US population or an estimated 3 million Americans. Other Pew Research Center studies indicate that American Hindus have the lowest divorce rates, the highest education levels, with half holding post-graduate degrees, over 50% with an a household income of $100,000 or more, and 70% with at least $75,000. American Hindus primarily originate from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and Jamaica). Some are also from Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Additionally, the United States has a number of converts to Hinduism. Many concepts of Hinduism, such as karma, reincarnation, and yoga, have entered into mainstream American vernacular. Indeed, a quarter of the US population believe in reincarnation, a core concept of Hinduism.

AMERIXCAN HINDU PRACTIONERS

  • VEDANTA SOCIETY NĀTANĪ
  • SHAIVISM
  • VAISHNAVISM
  • SMARTA TRADITION
  • SHAKTISM
  • SRI VAISHNAVISM
  • AGAMA HINDU DHARMA
  • ARYA SAMAJ
  • BRAHMO SAMAJ
  • HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT
  • SWAMINARAYAN SAMPRADAY

Who are American Buddhists?

American Buddhists come from every ethnicity, nationality and religious tradition.   While Buddhism is a minority religion, it is one of the fastest growing religion in America.  Two million American Buddhist practioners share immigrant heritage primarly from India, China, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos.  There are also 1.2 million converts to Buddhism.  40% of Californians and 8% of Hawaiians identify as practitioners of Buddhism.

AMERICAN HINDU SECTS

  • SIKHISM
  • JAINISM
  • BUDDHISM


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