Study: Number of Mosques in US Skyrocketing

February 29, 2012 Updated: February 29, 2012

In the past decade, the number of mosques has nearly doubled, said a study released on Wednesday.

The American Mosque 2011 study found that the number of mosques increased 74 percent in the decade from 1,209 mosques in 2000 to 2,106 in 2011, according to a press release. New York and California have the largest number of mosques in the country, but there are large numbers in Texas and Florida as well.

“Mosques remain an extremely diverse religious institution. Only a tiny minority of mosques (3 percent) have just one ethnic group that attends that mosque,” a statement released alongside the study reads.

The study noted that the number of mosques has been decreasing in urban areas but have sprung up more frequently in suburban areas.

It found that “98 percent of mosque leaders agree that Muslims should be involved in American institutions and 91 percent agree that Muslims should be involved in politics,” while the “vast majority of mosque leaders do not feel that American society is hostile to Islam,” the statement said.