Hispanic immigrants boosted the US Catholic Church by 2 million members over the past decade. Catholic Church largest US group.
Hispanic immigrants in the United States gave the Catholic Church a boost of 2 million members over the past decade, a new report says.
At 61 million adherents in more than 19,000 churches, Catholics are close to 19% of the U.S. population – the largest religious body in the country – according to the U.S. Religion Census (USRC), an every-10-years study carried out by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
Across the religious spectrum, there are 356,739 religious congregations in the United States. That’s one for about every 934 persons living in the US. But with 161 million adherents of some faith in the country, the overall average congregational size is about 451.