Atheist Demographics

In the United States of America, about 15% of the total population consider themselves non-religious. Many of the people in this 15% are people who may believe in a deity (or deities) but do not subscribe to any organized religion. They may say that they believe in a “higher power” or describe themselves as “spiritual”. Only 8% of the total population of the United States consider themselves atheist.

 

In total, this is a fairly large minority, considering that Jews make up only 1% of the total population and Muslims make up even less. Native Americans make up only about 1.5% of the total US population. In fact, atheists make up a larger minority group than openly homosexual people (3%) and Asians (5%). The only minority groups that are larger than that of atheists in the United States are blacks (13%), Latinos (17%), and the disabled (18%).

 

With such large numbers, one would expect that atheists are represented in fairly high percentages in the various racial and ethnic groups the make up the citizenry of the United States, but this is not the case. Although African Americans make up about 13% of the total population of the United States, only 1% of African Americans claim to either be atheist or agnostic. This means that African American atheists/agnostics make up only 0.13% of the entire population of the United States. So this roughly means that there are about 400,000 African American atheists out of 312 million total people and out of 39 million African Americans

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