The Decline of Religious Identity in the United States

Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher: Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Author(s): Gary A. Tobin; Sid Groeneman

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Academic Research; Religion; Future; Identity Formation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report demonstrates that the number of Americans who do not identify with a particular religion is growing. Non-identification is associated with several factors including age, being raised in multiple religious traditions, gender, and geography. The authors find that one-quarter of non-identifiers plan to identify with a religion in the future.