The number of mosques in America increased by 74 percent in the past decade, according to a new study by a coalition of Islamic civic groups and Muslim and non-Muslim religious scholars.
According to the "The American Mosque 2011" survey released Wednesday, there are now 2,106 Islamic centers across the country. That's up from about 1,200 in 2000.
"This is a growing, healthy Muslim community that is well integrated into America," Ihsan Bagby, who headed the research project, told the Washington Post.
Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has come under fire for The study was sponsored in part by the alleged ties to the Islamist terror group Hamas.
The religious centers are serving Muslims who have moved to the suburbs as well as immigrants from Africa, Iraq, and elsewhere.