Pew Study: Black Millennials Are the Most Religious

Data from the Pew Center 2014 Religious Landscape Study reveals 64 percent of black Millennials are “highly religious” compared to 39 percent of nonblack Millennials.

Choir of the Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, NY
Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York

This is based on a four-item scale of religious commitment which includes belief in God, self-described importance of religion, prayer and worship attendance:

  • About 6 in ten black Millennials (61 percent) say they pray at least daily, where only 39 percent of nonblack Millennials do so.
  • 38 percent of black Millennials say they attend religious services at least weekly, while only 25 percent of other Millennials do so.

However, when compared to the older generation, black Millenials are less religious. They are less likely than older black adults to say they pray at least daily, that they attend religious services at least weekly, and that religion is very important to them.

On the other hand, while black Millennials are more likely to believe in heaven than are nonblack Millennials, they are no less likely than older blacks to hold this belief. And respondents in all of these groups are about equally likely to say they feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe.

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