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Hinduism Family

Hinduism is the name given for the majority religion of India. There is no central authority in Hinduism, although most Hindu groups and traditions believe in reincarnation and venerate gods and goddesses who are viewed as manifestations of God. Sanskrit texts known as Vedas are sacred scriptures in Hinduism and were composed between 1200 and 900 BCE. Major traditions within Hinduism include Vaishnavism, which is devoted to worship of the god Vishnu, and Shaivism, organized around worship of the god Shiva. Following the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which allowed for more immigration from India, the Hindu population has grown rapidly in the U.S.

Maps: Hinduism Family1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Hinduism Family States (2020)1 [View all states]

Rank State Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Delaware 12,731 12.90
2 New Jersey 102,132 11.00
3 New York 105,668 5.20
4 Maryland 31,230 5.10
5 Nebraska 9,000 4.60

Top 5 Hinduism Family Counties (2020)1 [View all counties]

Rank County Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Clayton County, Georgia 21,000 70.60
2 Salem city, Virginia 1,731 68.30
3 Morris County, New Jersey 23,750 46.60
4 Atlantic County, New Jersey 11,731 42.70
5 Somerset County, New Jersey 14,500 42.00

Top 5 Hinduism Family Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Area Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ Metro Area 11,731 42.70
2 Calhoun, GA Micro Area 1,731 30.10
3 Orangeburg, SC Micro Area 2,231 26.50
4 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area 39,831 19.90
5 Pottsville, PA Micro Area 2,800 19.60

Hinduism Family: Adherence Rates (1980 - 2020)1

Group Tradition Adh. Rate 2020 Adh. Rate 2010 Adh. Rate 2000 Adh. Rate 1990 Adh. Rate 1980
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism 2.51
Hinduism: Hindu Post Renaissance Hinduism 0.12
Hinduism: Hindu Renaissance Hinduism 0.08
Hinduism: Indian-American Hindu Temple Associations Hinduism 0.99
Hinduism: Traditional Hindu Temples Hinduism 0.89
Hindus Hinduism


1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

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