Though many have left the church, the number of Catholics in America has remained constant as a result of the high number of Catholic immigrants; while the vast majority of Catholics ages 70 and older (85%) are white, about half of all Catholics under age 30 are Hispanic (45%). In total, nearly three-in-ten (29%) Catholics are Hispanic, the largest Latino proportion of any tradition, and 23% were born outside the U.S.


The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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