America Godless? Number of People with No Religion Soars (2019)
“Religious nones,” as they are called by researchers, are a diverse group made up of atheists, agnostics, the spiritual, and those who are no specific organized religion in particular. A rejection of organized religion is the common thread they share.
…The meteoric rise of religious nones began in the early 1990s and has grown 266% since 1991, he [Burge] said.
Burge estimates that ‘No Religion’ will be the largest group outright in four to six years.
Experts still debate the factors behind this wave of Americans declaring no religion.
The number of Americans who identify as having no religion has risen 266 percent since 1991, to now tie statistically with the number of Catholics and Evangelicals, according to a new survey.
People with no religion – known as ‘nones’ among statisticians – account for 23.1 percent of the U.S. population, while Catholics make up 23 percent and Evangelicals account for 22.5 percent, according to the General Social Survey.
Those three groups now represent the largest the religious groups in America.