Pew Research Center
OCTOBER 11, 2016
How income varies among U.S. religious groups
While there is a strong and proven _correlation  between education and 
 , it’s harder to know whether there also 
is a  link between religion and wealth. What we can say is that members of 
some  religious groups – not to mention atheists and agnostics – on average 
have a  higher household income than others and those in the richest 
religious groups  also tend, on average, to be better educated than most 
Some of the most financially successful religious groups –  Jews, Hindus, 
Episcopalians, and Presbyterians – also are all among the nation’s  most 
educated as well. These rankings, which come from our 2014 _Religious  
Landscape Study_ 
( , are 
based on the percentage of people within each religious  group 
who reside in households with a yearly income of $100,000 or  more. 
About four-in-ten Jews (44%) and roughly a third of  Hindus (36%) and 
Episcopalians (35%) live in households with incomes of at least  $100,000. 
these groups also have high levels of _educational  attainment_ 
( . 
instance, nearly half of Hindu adults and almost one-third  of Jewish adults 
hold postgraduate degrees. Indeed, in addition to education,  other factors, 
such as age, race and ethnicity also are correlated with both  religion and 
Members of three other mainline Protestant  denominations – the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian  Church (U.S.A.) and the 
United Methodist Church –also have high household  income. So, too, do 
self-identified atheists and agnostics, which may call into  question any link 
high levels of religious belief and wealth. Members of  all these groups 
also are more likely to be highly educated than the general  population. 
Among those denominations with the lowest household  income are two 
historically black churches, the National Baptist Convention (9%  live in 
households with incomes of at least $100,000) and the Church of God in  Christ 
Jehovah’s Witnesses also have low household income (4%). In all  three of 
these groups, nearly half of all members have household incomes of less  than 
$30,000 per year. 
Given that roughly one-in-five Americans identify as  Catholic, it’s not 
surprising that the share of Catholics in the top income  bracket (19%) is the 
same as the nation as a whole. Members of one of the  country’s largest 
Protestant denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention, are  only slightly 
less well off, with 16% in households making $100,000 or  more.

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