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Pew Forum Survey – Hindus in United States Better Educated and Earn More

A recent survey conducted by ‘The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’ indicate that Hindus in the United States are better educated and are like to earn more. The survey is based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans aged 18 and older. Majority of the people who follow Hinduism in US are immigrants from India. The survey is titled ‘U.S. Religious Landscape Survey’ and was conducted between May and August of 2007.

Some of the important findings regarding Hindus and Hindu religion in the United States from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey.

Hindus account for approximately 0.4% of the total population.


Nearly Half of the Hindus is United States have obtained post graduated education.
Only 4% of Hindus have education less than High School.
12% High School Grade.
10% some college.
26% college graduate.
43% Post Graduate.


High education the reason for high income levels in Hindus.
9% of Hindus earn less than $30,000 annually.
10% of Hindus earn between $30,000 and $49,999 annually.
15% of Hindus earn between $50,000 and $74,999 annually.
22% of Hindus earn between $75,000 and $99,999 annually.
43% of Hindus earn more than $100,000 annually.

Marital Status

90% of the Hindus prefer to be married to someone of the same religion.
79% of the Hindus are mostly likely married.
0% living with partner.
5% divorced.
2% widowed.
14% never married.

Children at Home

52% of Hindus have no Children.
21% have one child.
24% have two children.
2% have three children.
1% have four or more children.


61% of Hindus in United States are male.
39% Female.

Race and Ethnicity

The Hindu population in United States consists of 88% Asian.
1% Black.
5% White.
4% mixed/other.
2% Latino.


18% of Hindus are in the age group of 18-29.
58% in the age group of 30-49.
19% in the age group of 50-64.
5% in the age group of 65+

Region in United States

29% of Hindus live in Northeast.
13% Midwest.
32% South.
26% West.

The better education level among Hindus in United States is largely due to the brain drain that is taking place from India to United States. It is also true that most of the well educated Hindus in India are denied opportunity in India largely due to the vote bank politics. This survey gives a clear indication that more and more well-educated Hindus will be leaving India and will be settling in developed countries.