Christianity in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Christianity in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about Christianity in the U.S.

The United States is a country with a long history of diversity with regards to religious practice and religious belief. With 77 percent of Americans stating that religion is a very important part of their lives, the United States is unique in the context of the role played by religion in developed countries. While the United States has been by no means immune to the shifts that have been affecting the religious landscape over the past few decades, some religious groups have reported positive trends, trends that have shown themselves in statistics that relate to how Americans describe themselves with regards to religion.

Around 78 percent of American adults identify with some form of Christian religion, making Christianity the most popular religion in the United States, not surprising when one considers that the United States comes top of the ranking of countries with the largest Christian populations.

When discussing religious confession and belief in a country, it is often too easy to neglect the factors that can play crucial roles in the development and formation of religious belief - especially when considering them in the context of the vast expanse of the United States, an area which gives ample space for the existence of great differences. This diversity in the extent of religious conviction becomes more evident when one considers the percentage of adherents to religion in the population by state- in Utah it soars to just around 80 percent and in Maine it sinks to just over a quarter. Not only indicative of inter-border variations that exist due to locational factors but also of wider differences and the religious change among members of major religious groups, be they positive of negative.

Although religion in the United States has witnessed developments that could be considered marked in the American context, when considered from an international perspective, they are minor. The stability of the religion from a financial point of view also appears to be relatively stable, above all when one takes median donations made by worshippers in the United States into account.

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