The number of Americans who claim to be witches increased dramatically over the past 30 years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people now say they practise Wicca or Paganism, a rise from an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, and 340,000 by 2008.
Until 2008, the figures came collected by Trinity College, CT. In 2014, a Pew Research Center survey found about 0.4 percent of Americans said they were Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over past years. If accurate, this figure would mean that there are more practicing witches in the United States than members of some mainline Protestant denominations. According to 2017 figures, there are 1.4 million practicing Presbyterians in the United States. Wicca is a form of modern Pagan witchcraft founded in the mid-20th century in the United Kingdom. Those who practise Wicca sometimes refer to themselves as “witches.” People who practise other forms of witchcraft may not identify with the Wiccan or Pagan label, meaning that the number of self-identified witches in the United States.
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