Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 441–452 | Cite as

Hispanic Fertility, Religion and Religiousness in the U.S.

  • Charles F. WestoffEmail author
  • Emily A. Marshall


Is the higher fertility of Hispanics in the United States due to their religion and/or to their greater religiousness? Evidence from national survey data indicates no difference in fertility between Protestant and Catholic Hispanic women but Hispanics are more religious than non-Hispanics in terms of the perceived importance of religion in their personal lives. Religiousness is associated with higher fertility but Hispanic fertility is higher than non-Hispanic fertility regardless of religion or religiousness. Ethnic differences in education and income in turn are more important for fertility than the religious dimension.


Hispanic fertility Religion Religiousness Poverty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office of Population ResearchPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Office of Population ResearchPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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