In 1994, there were 962 mosques in the U.S. By 2000, they had only risen to just over 1,200 and most were still financed by wealthy foreign Muslims. The number skyrocketed to 2,106 in 2011 with the vast majority of the Islamic houses of worship being paid for by American Muslims.
The U.S. Mosque Study also found that urban areas were home to 53 percent of the mosques, while 28 percent were in the suburbs.
The profusion of Islamic houses of worship is due in part to sustained Muslim growth. A 2011 Pew Research Center study estimated the number of Muslims in the U.S. at around 2.75 million and showing signs of continued growth. The mosques reported an average of 15.3 converts per congregation in 2011.
In addition, the study indicated that mosque leaders have an increasingly positive view of the U.S. Mosque leaders who feel American society is hostile to Islam declined from 54 percent in 2000 to only 25 percent in 2011. A similar percentage, 24, agreed with the statement, “American society is immoral.”Omar Chatriwala via photopin cc