Americans’ ideal family size is smaller than it used to be
Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one.
Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group
By 2050, they are expected to make up about three-in-ten of the world’s people, owing in part to relatively high fertility and low median age.
Q/A: How we projected the future of world religions
Demographer Conrad Hackett explains how he and his team put together our major new report and why it differs from past efforts to predict religious change.
Reflecting a racial shift, 78 counties turned majority-minority since 2000
The white share of the population is declining in the U.S., but the shift to a more diverse nation is happening more quickly in some places than in others.
Christianity poised to continue its shift from Europe to Africa
The share of the world’s Christians in Europe will continue to decline while the percentage in sub-Saharan Africa will increase dramatically.
After 200 years, Native Hawaiians make a comeback
Their population dropped devastatingly fast after their first contact with Western foreigners in 1778, but their numbers are returning to “pre-contact” levels.
The Future of World Religions
If current demographic trends persist, Christians will remain steady, Muslims will grow and people with no religion will decline as a share of the world’s population in the coming decades.
Religious Composition by Country, 2010-2050
The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. This table details the estimated religious composition of 198 countries and territories for 2010 to 2050.
7 key changes in the global religious landscape
What will the world’s religious landscape look like a few decades from now?
A majority of English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S. are bilingual
This widespread bilingualism has the potential to affect future generations of Latinos, a population that is among the fastest growing in the nation.