United States ranks third in world Roman Catholic population

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2001

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The United States has 62.4 million Roman Catholics, the third largest Catholic population in the world, according to the 2001 Catholic Almanac.

The only countries with more Catholics are Brazil, with 139 million, and Mexico, with 118 million. The other major Catholic nations, in order, are the Philippines, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Colombia and Germany.

In the United States, Rhode Island is the only state with a Catholic majority (64.3 percent), though neighboring Massachusetts is just under half Catholic. The largest Catholic populations are in California, New York and Texas, which together have just over a third of the U.S. total.

Catholics represent 22.7 percent of the U.S. population, the same as a year earlier.

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