The number of Americans who are members of a place of worship has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in eight decades, a new report shows.
Membership at a church, synagogue or mosque across the United States reached an all-time low of 47 percent last year, the Gallup report shows.
Prior to 2000, membership at places of worship had mostly stayed around the 70 percent mark.
Gallup has been measuring the religious memberships since 1937 when it was about 73 percent.
It has been steadily declining over the last decade.
The decline is driven by the increasing number of Americans who now say they don’t affiliate with a particular religion.
The percentage of Americans who don’t identify with a religion has grown to 21 percent in the last three years, compared to 8 percent between 1998 to 2000.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Emily Crane