Hindus are the most educated religious group in USA, says PEW research

A recent study by the PEW research centre says that Hindus are the most educated religious group in the United States. In terms of education in USA, Hindus have left behind Jews, various Christian groups, Muslims, and even agnostics and Atheists behind. Hindus are followed by Unitarians Universalists, Jews, Anglicans and congregants of the Episcopal Church, according to a new study.

The study by Pew used the four-year college degree as the marker, saying it is generally regarded as the key asset for economic success.

Hindus accounted for the largest share of those with college degrees, with 77%. Unitarians, a religious group that says it has no creed and draws inspiration from a range of sacred scriptures, came second with 67%. Jews and Anglican church adherent were a joint third at 59%, and Episcopal church rounded off the top five with 56%. Atheists and agnostics accounted for 43% and 42% respectively and Muslims were 39% and Catholics 26%, which was under the total for all US adults.

While the majority of Hindus in USA are of Indian origin, who have migrated from India, Africa and Caribbeans, there are a significant number of non-indian converts as well, such as Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the US House of Representatives from Hawaii.

As the larger Indian American community has made a mark as the wealthiest in the United States and the most educated, so have its largest cohort, the Hindus.

The Pew study made the connection between the high level of education among Hindus, and Jews, to project why they are also the richest in the country. “Given the strong correlation between educational attainment and economic success, it is not surprising that Jews and Hindus, on average, have high household incomes, with four-in-ten Jews (44%) and roughly a third of Hindus (36%) living in households with annual incomes of at least $100,000,” it said citing its 2014 study.