Last Updated on August 18, 2021
The history of Islam in the United States goes back to the early years of its founding, as Islam and American Muslims have Mixed with the history of the United States over the past two centuries.
Total population: 326.766.748
Muslim population (2019): 2.75 – 6 million
The exact history of this intermingling is not known, and while this is partly due to the fact that the Muslim population was often a small group, Islam features in the history of American slavery and emancipation.
The US census does not include data on religions, so there are no official statistics on the number of Muslims in the US. However, in 2011 a Pew Research Center survey reported that 3.45 million Muslims live in the United States.
They far outnumber that estimate, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based lobbying group, which estimated it at between 6 and 7 million Muslims33. Muslims are not evenly distributed across the country.
Some states have larger Muslim communities, such as New Jersey and Washington, DC. Regardless of their real number, American Muslims are at the center of the most contentious issu US foreign policy, national security, terrorism, integration, religious freedom, and American identity.
American Muslims come from a variety of backgrounds, and a 2009 Gallup poll described them as the most ethnically diverse religious group in the United States.