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Five Portraits of Muslims in America


American Muslims include, clockwise from top left: Noor Tagouri, Labeebah Salaam, Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Amina Imran, and Muhammad Dumilik and Calvin Spivey.

The United States is home to a diverse group of Muslims – of all ages, all ethnicities. They account for roughly 3.3 million of the nation’s 322 million inhabitants, slightly less than 1 percent.

Yet Islam is the fastest-growing religion globally and in the United States. The Pew Research Center estimates the American Muslim share of the population will double by 2050. Within that timeframe, Islam is expected to become the nation's second-largest faith, after Christianity, because of trends in fertility, age, migration and religious conversions.

Muslims have settled throughout the country, with their largest concentration – 3 percent – in the Atlantic state of New Jersey.

The Islamic Society of North America estimates the U.S. Muslim population's origins are divided in thirds, represented by those of South Asian, Arabic and African descent.

One in five U.S. Muslims either converted from a different faith or came from a nonreligious background.

Some 34 percent of Muslims earn less than $30,000 while 20 percent make over $100,000, Pew found, and a researcher for the Washington think tank called the economic data "most interesting."

"A lot of people are familiar with the affluent in the Muslim community who arrive here [in the U.S.] on special visas,” said Pew researcher Besheer Mohamed. "But there is a large component who come as refugees and convert who are struggling financially."

WATCH: A Portrait of Muslims in America: Noor Tagouri

WATCH: A Portrait of Muslims in America: Amina Imran

WATCH: A Portrait of Muslims in America: Labeebah Salaam


WATCH: A Portrait of Muslims in America: Imam Daayiee Abdullah

WATCH: A Portrait of Muslims in America: Muhammad Dumilik and Calvin Spivey

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    Carolyn Presutti

    Carolyn Presutti is an Emmy, Silver World Medal, AP Broadcaster’s Best of Show, and Clarion award-winning television correspondent who works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters. She has also won numerous TV, Radio, Multimedia, and Digital awards for her TV/Web coverage of Muslim Portraits, The Syrian Medical Crisis, Haiti, The Boston Marathon Bombing, Presidential Politics, The Southern Economy, Google Glass & Other Wearables, and the 9/11 Anniversary.  Presutti was VOA’s Nathanson Scholar to the Aspen Institute and VOA’s delegate to the U.S. government’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP).

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