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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New York City religions

With all the controversy about Muslims in NY City, I thought we needed some perspective.

Did you know that 9/ll also attacked up to 1.4 American Muslims, and killed some?


The facts below come from Did You Know.http://didyouknow.org/number-of-churches-and-mosques-in-new-york-city/

New York City is the most linguistically and religiously diverse city in the world. The 8.4 million inhabitants speak 800 different languages in the five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. New York is also a religious city: 83% of New Yorkers are affiliated to some organized religion. This is a rate of adherents larger than that of the state, New York State (75%), and one of the highest in the entire United States.
Christians comprise about 70% of the population; 40%  Catholic and 30% Protestant. They attend about 2000 churches and 4000 informal places of worship such as community halls and homes, totaling about 6000 churches. The city is home to  the world’s largest cathedral, the Episcopal Church of St John the Divine.
12% of New Yorker claim Jewish decent. There are more Jews in New York City than t in the Jerusalem city limits. They have more than 1000 synagogues – 70% permanent and 30% temporary places.
There are almost a million Muslims in New York City. (Some sources claim 1.4 million; the New York City Community Affairs Bureau states the figure as 800 000.) There are more than 100 mosques in the city, plus an unknown number of small mosques that worshipers set up in their apartments or places that are not visible from the street.

1 comment:

  1. I love the way you boil things down to ingestible terms. Very enlightening.

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