Family Support in Graying Societies
America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age range.
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.
By 2050, India to have world’s largest populations of Hindus and Muslims
India is projected to have 310 million Muslims (11% of the global total), making it the country with the largest population of Muslims in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.