Hinduism is considered a minority religion in the United States. American Hindus account for an estimated 0.1% of the total US population. A majority of American Hindus are immigrants from the South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Other American Hindu immigrants hail from Indonesia, the Caribbean, Fiji, as well as Southern and Eastern Africa. According to the PEW Research Center, 91% of those who identify as Hindus also identify as Asian.
Hinduism in America
The Hindu population in the US is categorized as being the 8th largest in the world. According to the PEW Research Center, American Hindus have the highest rates of household income among all religions in the US. 36% of Hindus in the US reported a household income of $100,000 or more. This can be attributed to the favorable immigration policies accorded to educated Hindus. 48% of the Hindu population has acquired a post-graduate degree while 29% have attended a college and 12% have high school education level. 17% earn less than $30,000.
According to the PEW Research Center survey done in 2014, Hindus are the most educated religious group in the US with 77% having attained a college degree.
Hinduism in New Jersey
New Jersey is home to 3% of American Hindus. California and Delaware have a percentage of 2% of those who identify as Hindu. Other states that count at least 1% of their populations as Hindus are Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, New York, Vermont, among others. Most of the Southern states have less than 1% of Americans who identify as Hindu. This is due to the fact that the southern states are largely of Protestant denomination. Such states include Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, etc.
New Jersey is home to the world’s largest Hindu Temple, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple located in Robbinsville. The spiritual leader and President of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple holds the Guinness World Record for creating and consecrating the most temples. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj has consecrated over 700 temples between 1971 and 2007.
US States By Population of Hindus
|Rank||State||% of Population Identifying as Hindu (Source: PEW)|
|6||District of Columbia||1%|
|36||New Hampshire||< 1%|
|37||New Mexico||< 1%|
|38||North Carolina||< 1%|
|39||North Dakota||< 1%|
|43||South Carolina||< 1%|
|44||South Dakota||< 1%|
|49||West Virginia||< 1%|