Muslim American immigrants are one of the country's more recent immigrant groups: according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center, a full 71 percent of foreign-born Muslims arrived after 1990. Nevertheless, the number of Muslim Americans is large and still growing. In 2016, Pew Research Center updated their estimates and said that there were approximately 3.3 million Muslims living in American in 2015. Growth in the population is due both to an increase of Muslim immigrants and to Americans who are converting to Islam. Exact figures are difficult to obtain as the US Census does not cover religion, but the Muslim American population was estimated to be at least 2.7 million people in 2014. Other estimates have placed the number as high as 7 million. While the Pew Research Center has projected some estimates based on their 2011 survey, no new survey had been taken as of early 2016.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2015
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