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.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

A view of the future through kindergarten demographics

Today’s kindergartners offer a glimpse of tomorrow’s demographics. A new data analysis by Pew Research Center finds a big increase over the past decade in the number of states where at least one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino. There are 17 states where Latino children comprise at least 20% of the public school kindergarten population, […]

Fact Tank Feb. 4, 2014

The countries that will be most impacted by aging population

An aging population is a looming economic and social burden, particularly in Europe and Northeast Asia, and to a lesser extent in the United States.

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2014

10 projections for the global population in 2050

The global population is graying and growing rapidly. How big — and how old — will it be by 2050?

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Global Jan. 30, 2014

Global Population by Age, 1950-2050

The population growth in the U.S. and around the world from 1950 to 2010 was rapid—the global population nearly tripled. However, the growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age groups.

Fact Tank Jun. 14, 2013

Why there are more deaths than births among whites

The finding that made headlines from this week’s Census Bureau release of new national and state population estimates—that there are now more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites—is a vivid illustration of the rapid long-term growth in the number of older Americans. But first, you might ask, how could there suddenly be more deaths than […]