January 13, 2022

Religiously Unaffiliated Continues to Grow in U.S.

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Faith Trends

According to a study by Pew Research Center, the religiously unaffiliated share of the public is 10 points higher than a decade ago. Self-identified Christians made up 63% of the U.S. population in 2021, which was down from 75% just a decade ago. Although Christians continue to make up the majority of the U.S. population, the number of Christians who claim they pray on a daily basis is also trending downward. This trend also applies to Canadians, where less than 55% of the population claim to be Christians.

In U.S., roughlliy three-in-ten adults now religiously affiliated

Why This Matters

Currently, about 30% of the U.S. population are religious “nones” – people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religious identity. As religious “nones” continue to grow, Christian non-profits become increasingly important in their mission to reach this group of people with the truth and hope of the gospel.

Next Step

Read the full study by Pew Research Center below which also shares insights into denominations, church attendance, prayer habits, and more.