Americans who attend a church or other house of worship are now a minority.
According to a survey by Gallup, below 50% of Americans belong to a church, mosque, or synagogue.
The survey found that 47% of Americans were members of a place of worship in 2020.
Gallup first started tracking the numbers in 1937, when 73% of Americans reported belonging to a religious organization. The numbers remained within 70% until the early 2000’s, when it began sharply declining.
“Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has grown from 8% in 1998-2000 to 13% in 2008-2010 and 21% over the past three years,” said Gallup. “As would be expected, Americans without a religious preference are highly unlikely to belong to a church, synagogue or mosque, although a small proportion — 4% in the 2018-2020 data — say they do. That figure is down from 10% between 1998 and 2000.”
“Church membership is strongly correlated with age, as 66% of traditionalists — U.S. adults born before 1946 — belong to a church, compared with 58% of baby boomers, 50% of those in Generation X and 36% of Millennials” said Gallup.