Catholic Immigrants To The US In The Late 1800s And Early 1900s Were
Catholic immigrants to the US in the late 1800s and early 1900s were primarily from European countries; such as Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, and some Scandinavian countries.
Before migrating to the United States of America, those people lived awful life in Europe.
Especially, these people were unhappy with crop failure, religious persecution, famine, wars, and unemployment issues in Europe.
For example, around the 1840s the Potato famine of Ireland pushed millions of Irish Catholic people to migrate to the US.
Although, at the same time, the United States’ open social system and free democratic political environment also attracted them a lot.
The Catholic Population In The United States of America
Did you know? Earlier, the Catholic population in the United States was very low.
In 1776, the Catholic population in the country was only 25,000 out of the 4,500,000 population.
The majority of this number came from England.
But just after 50 years, this number started increasing significantly.
Various Survey reports showed that in 1850, the Roman Catholic population in the United States was around 5 percent; but by 1906, the number reached around 17 percent.
In 1906, the country’s 14 million population was covered by Catholics out of 82 million population.
In the 21st century (the year 2020), the country’s 22 percent of the total population are Catholics.
Did You Know?
1. Currently, the United States of America is the fourth highest Catholic population country in the world.
The country’s 72 million population are Christian Catholics.
Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines come in number one, two, and third positions respectively.
2. In the US, Rhode Island is the highest Catholic population state, which observes 42 percent of its total population.
Contrary to Rhode Island, Mississippi state observes the lowest Catholic population. Only 4 percent of the state’s population are Christian Catholics.