From Pew Forum: Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths, July 19, 2012

 

 42% of Asian Americans are Christian

22% of Asian Americans are Protestant
19% of Asian Americans are Catholic
1% of Asian Americans are “Other Christian”

26% of Asian Americans are unaffiliated with a religion
14% of Asian Americans are Buddhist
4% of Asian Americans are Muslim
2% of Asian Americans are Other Religion
1% of Asian Americans are Sikh

“Roughly three-quarters of both Asian-American Buddhists (76%) and Asian-American Hindus (73%) celebrate Christmas.”*

 

89%  Filipino Americans  are Christian

[12% Evangelical Protestant, 9% Mainline Protestant, 65% Catholic]

71%  Koreans Americans are Christian

[40% Evangelical Protestant, 21% Mainline Protestant, 10% Catholic]

38% Japanese Americans are Christian

[13% Evangelical Protestant, 19% Mainline Protestant, 4% Catholic]

36% Vietnamese Americans are Christian

[2% Evangelical Protestant, 4% Mainline Protestant, 30% Catholic]

31% Chinese Americans are Christian

[13% Evangelical Protestant, 9% Mainline Protestant, 8% Catholic]

18% Indian Americans are Christian

[8% Evangelical Protestant, 3% Mainline Protestant, 5% Catholic]

 

 

72% of Asian American evangelicals “say their religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”

[Compared to 49% of white evangelicals saying this]

94% of Asian American evangelicals say the Bible is the Word of God

52% Asian American evangelicals think the Bible is the Word of God, literally word for word
36% Asian American evangelicals think the Bible is the Word of God, not entirely literally
4% Asian American evangelicals think the Bible is the Word of God, written by men

 

 

% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
Men4745454647
Women5355555453
AGE% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
18-342425242424
35-543838423437
55+3636334037
EDUCATION% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
Post-graduate1820201917
College grad3129312634
Some college2122192720
High School grad or less2930302929
FAMILY INCOME% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
$100,000 or more2323212623
$75,000 - $99,9991414121514
$30,000 - $74,9993333343133
<$30,0003030322830
% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
American born2732264021
Foreign born7368736079
---Arrived 2000-20121617201316
---Arrived before 20005550534662

% TOTAL CHRISTIAN% Protestant% Evangelical% Mainline% Catholic
Married6263646259
have children under 183434363333
Source: “Demographics of US Asians by Religious Affliation”

 

 

 

 

From American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2008
[
Please note that this survey was conducted in English and Spanish only.]

 

% White non-Hispanic% Black non-Hispanic% Hispanic% Asian
Catholic2165917
Baptist154533
Mainline Christian17716
Christian Generic15151110
Pentecostal/Charismatic3730
Protestant Denominations3642
Source: Table 10

“Asian Americans are substantially more likely to indicate no religious identity than other racial or ethnic groups.” (page 2)

 

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