Disclaimer: I am a Southern Baptist, and I hold a college degree. This is being reposted for informational purposes only. Do with it what you will. Link to original here.
NEW DELHI – Achieving a degree in the United States is an asset for economic success, but changes by race and gender. But the percentage of people completing a college degree also varies by their religion, faith groups, education qualification, etc.
The study also examined educational achievements of religiously unaffiliated people. As per reports, four-in-ten atheists (43%) and agnostics (42%) have obtained college degrees, as have nearly a quarter (24%) of those, who say their religion is nothing in special.
As per reports, Unitarian Universalists and Hindus have the largest share of those with a college degree – 77% and 67% respectively. Roughly, six-in-ten Jews (59%) have obtained college degrees, the Anglican church (59%) and the Episcopal Church (56%).
As per the data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, these groups are among the top of a list of 30 US religious groups ranked by educational achievements.
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Going by the strong correlation between educational attainment and economic success, it is not shocking that Jews and Hindus have high household incomes.
According to the 2014 study, four-in-ten Jews (44%) and slightly a third of Hindus (36%) are living in households with annual incomes of at least $100,000, which includes Buddhists and members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – both at 47% – as well as Orthodox Christians (40%), Muslims (39%) and Mormons (33%).
Other religious groups too have a good quantity of college graduates than the full representation of more than 35,000 US adults viewed in the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, among whom 27% completed their university.
As Catholics make up one-in-five adults, it is not surprising that their share of members with a college degree (26%) roughly reflects that of the general public.
One-in-five members of historically black Protestant denominations – the National Baptist Convention (19%) and the African Methodist Episcopal Church (21%) – have a college degree, as do members of the Southern Baptist Convention (19%).
If you were to die today, where would you go? Heaven? Hell? Not sure?