American Muslims want the most kids: I looked at the GSS to find out what people consider to be the ideal family size. For all Americans, the mean is 2.5. By the way, the fact the average woman has fewer than 2 kids shows that people are not able to have as many kids as they would like. Presumably, this is because people feel they cannot afford them. (Of course, some people cannot have children). Comparing religious affiliations, Muslims want the most kids:
Mean number of children desired
1. Muslims 2.9
2. Catholics 2.6
3. Protestants 2.5
4. Jews 2.4
5. None 2.3
6. Buddhists 2.1
Not surprisingly, the desired number of children rises with conservatism. Roughly 40% of American Muslims are black: they want an average of 3.1 kids (compared to 2.8 for black Protestants). Muslims who say they are white only want 1.7 children: those saying their race is "other" want 3.0 children.
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