Muslim-American Demographics Reveal A Diverse Group That Rejects Categorization


“Love of your country or patriotism is part and parcel of your faith.”  The Holy Prophet Muhammad


Huff Post: The recently formed U.S. Council for Muslim Organizations is intended to represent and serve the American Muslim population, which numbers roughly 2.75 million. But what does this mean for a group that is heterogenous in race, ethnicity, political attitudes and even religious beliefs?

In 2011 Pew Research interviewed 1,033 Muslim American adults 18 years old and older on their backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles and more, and the findings revealed a group that is highly diverse and often difficult to classify.

Racially, thirty percent of Muslim Americans report their race as white, 23% as black, 21% as Asian, 6% as Hispanic and 19% as other or mixed race.

Socio-economically, Muslim Americans fare comparably to the general public, but do have a slightly higher percentage that reports the lowest income bracket. Muslim Americans are about as likely to report household incomes of $100,000 or more as the general public, but 45% of Muslim Americans report a household income of $30,000 or less, compared to 36% of the general public who report the same.

Muslim Americans come from around the globe. Foreign-born Muslim Americans come from at least 77 different countries around the world. Sixty-three percent of Muslim Americans are first-generation immigrants, while 37% were born in the U.S. Seventy percent of those born outside of the U.S. are citizens (compared to 47% of foreign-born, on the whole, who are citizens.)

Of first-generation Muslim Americans, 41% are from the Middle East or North Africa, 26% are from South Asia, 11% are from Sub-Saharan Africa, and 7% are from Europe. Thirteen percent of U.S. Muslims are African Americans whose parents were born in the U.S, and 23% of Muslim Americans, overall, identify as black.

Politically, Muslim Americans are largely liberal. Seventy percent identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, while 11% identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. Sixty-eight percent say they would prefer a big government that provides many services than a small government with fewer services.


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