Fact Tank Apr. 15, 2015

Europe projected to retain its Christian majority, but religious minorities will grow

The number of Christians in Europe is forecast to drop by about 100 million by 2050, while the share of Muslims and smaller religious minorities will increase.

Fact Tank Apr. 14, 2015

Muslims expected to surpass Jews as second-largest U.S. religious group

If current demographic trends hold, by 2050, Muslims are projected to be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.

Fact Tank Apr. 8, 2015

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.

Apr. 6, 2015

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 3, 2015

Why people with no religion are projected to decline as a share of the world’s population

The total number of religiously unaffiliated is expected to grow, but other religious groups – and the global population overall – will grow faster.

Religion Apr. 2, 2015

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.

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Religion Apr. 2, 2015

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 2, 2015

7 key changes in the global religious landscape

What will the world’s religious landscape look like a few decades from now?

Mar. 9, 2015

U.S. immigrant population projected to rise, even as share falls among Hispanics, Asians

Meanwhile, foreign-born shares among whites and blacks are expected to rise, according to new Census Bureau projections.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

Which six countries hold half the world’s population?

As of this month, the world’s population is now 7.2 billion, according to the United Nations, which celebrates World Population Day today. Interestingly, half of the people around the globe (3.6 billion) live in just six countries: China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.