An analysis of the National Center for Health Statistics’ Death Certificates indicates that Christianity is responsible for more deaths per 100,000 population than any other religion.
Christianity has the second-highest number of deaths per 10,000 people, followed by Islam, followed closely by Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism, the National Catholic Reporter reported.
While the number of Americans who say they are atheists is slightly higher than that of all three faiths, there is still a gap between them.
For example, atheists and agnostics account for 7.2% of the population.
The median age for atheists is 30, compared to atheists who are between 18 and 44 years old at 5.4% and 6.1% respectively.
Among atheists, the average age of the first atheist interview is 28, compared with 33.4 for the general population.
Of those who do not identify with any of the faiths, the median age is 32.2 years.
Among the other religions, Muslims have the highest average age, at 40.4 years, followed for Judaism by 26.4 and for Buddhism by 24.5.
However, the vast majority of atheists, 77%, say they do not believe in God, according to the NCS.
In comparison, the general public is evenly split, with 40% saying they do believe in a God and 40% who do.
The NCS found that people who identify with one of the four major faiths are more likely to have died in the past year.
Those who say that they are agnostic are twice as likely to die of an illness, and the proportion who say their religion is not very strong is six times higher than the general U.S. population.
Religion is the second largest cause of death among atheists in the United States.
According to the National Vital Statistics Reports, atheists have the second highest number of annual deaths in the country with 8.5 million, followed, however, by Jews with 1.6 million and Hindus with 1 million.
The vast majority, 75%, of the Americans who said they do have no religion have no health problems.
for atheists, about 2.5% of them have chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, and about 3.5%.