Hindus in America are more likely than members of other religions to have advanced degrees, according to a new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (via the SAJA Discussion list).
Nearly half of Hindus in the U.S., one-third of Jews and a quarter of Buddhists have obtained post-graduate education, compared with only about one-in-ten of the adult population overall. Hindus and Jews are also much more likely than other groups to report high income levels.
The Times of India has a little more on the income issue, noting that Jews have a slightly higher percentage of high earners.
The survey based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans, aged 18 and more, also shows that Hindus and Jews are also much more likely than other groups to report high income levels, with 46 per cent of Jews earning more than USD100,000 a year and 43 per cent of Hindus earning above USD100,000. In the overall US population, only 18 per cent of the adult population earns USD100,000-plus a year.
Hindus also clean up the competition when it comes to getting married, and only stray from the tribe in emergencies.
Hindus and Mormons are the most likely to be married (78% and 71%, respectively) and to be married to someone of the same religion (90% and 83%, respectively).
Let's see, what else: According to this table, a whopping 61% of Hindus are male. More than 8 in 10 Hindus are foreign born. They make up just 0.4% of all American adults.