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Black millennials are significantly more religious than their peers, research shows

Miami Herald File

Black millennials are significantly more religious than others in their generation, a Pew Research Center analysis found.

As part of a series on black Americans and religion, Pew Research Center published findings from a 2014 Religious Landscape Study, which gathered data on religious practices across generations.

The center defines millennials as young adults born between 1981 and 1996.

In all, 64 percent of black millennials reported that they were highly religious on a “four-item scale of religious commitment,” which included belief in God, self-described importance of religion and both prayer and worship attendance. Only 39 percent of nonblack millennials considered themselves to be highly religious.

While 61 percent of black millennials said they pray every day, only 39 percent of their peers said the same. Similarly, 38 percent of black millennials attend religious services at least once a week. For others, the number was 25 percent.

However, the Pew data showed black millennials are still considerably less religious than older black Americans, and are less likely to pray daily and attend religious services than their elders.

This follows a general trend, as millennials are considered less religious than older Americans on many measures.

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