Black Millennials More Likely to Be Religious Than Other Millenials

By Published on July 22, 2018

Black millennials are more likely to be religious than other millennial racial groups, according to a June 20 Pew Research Center study.

Black millennials are significantly more likely to be “absolutely certain god exists” at 75 percent. Under half of millennials who weren’t black were not certain of God’s existence at 48 percent, according to the study.

Over half – 61 percent – of black millennials pray daily. Only 39 percent who aren’t black pray daily. And 38 percent of black millennials “attend religious services weekly or more”, compared to just a quarter of millennials of other races.

Still, black millennials are less religious than older black Americans; 64 percent are overall “highly religious” compared with 83 percent of older black Americans. The greatest difference between them is their use of meditation – 60 percent of older black Americans meditate, compared to 37 percent of black millennials.

Black millennials may be narrowing the religious income gap. Of Americans who have a household income of less than 30 percent per year, 58 percent say religion is “very important,” according to a 2014 Pew study. For those who make $100,00 a year, that number shrinks to 42 percent.

Adults with a household income of less than $30,000 are 15 percentage points more likely to pray “at least daily” than households with $100,000 or more – 60 to 45 percent.

But Black American employment is on the rise. The unemployment rate for white Americans was 3.5 percent in June, compared to 6.5 percent for black Americans, a three percent difference.

That difference has been steadily narrowing since 2010, according to data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve. While wage gaps remain, the decreasing unemployment gap could help get black Americans’ average income up compared to white Americans.


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