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On the Growth of Hindu Population in the United States

An unofficial Hindu census in the United States by the Santa Barbara, a California based Institute of American Religion, discovered some 1,600 temples and centers with an estimated 600,000 practicing Hindus in the United States. It is also estimated that nearly the same number of Hindus prefer personal worship, thus taking the numbers of Hindus to more than 1.2 million.
You can read more about the growth of Hindu population in the United States in this article titled Hindu Americans: The Surprising, Hidden Population Trends of Hinduism in the U.S by David Briggs in the Huffington Post.
Some excerpts from the article
What is propelling Hinduism in the United States into a role as one of the nation's largest minority religions is a steady stream of Indian immigrants who have built hundreds of temples across the nation, according to a new study.
 While there is at least one Hindu center in every state, they are largely concentrated in Indian American communities, Melton and Jones report. A third of all Hindus are found in clusters in California, New York and New Jersey. Hindu temples or centers can be found in only 13 percent of U.S. counties, according to the census.
 Hindu summer camps have become popular, and most large temples offer classes on a weekend to educate young people, many of whom were born in the United States, Rambachan said. More worship manuals and doctrinal materials are being printed in English.
 "My own sense of the future is we are going to see a certain flourishing of the Hindu tradition in the United States," Rambachan said.
 But it turns out Hinduism never needed the buzz to succeed here.
"A much more substantial movement of highly committed people," Melton and Jones state, "has created a more permanent religious community that has taken its place as a primary American minority religious tradition."