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.
7 key changes in the global religious landscape
What will the world’s religious landscape look like a few decades from now?
Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics
Seven-in-ten Americans rate him favorably, including two-thirds of those with no religious affiliation, a Pew Research Center poll finds.
In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow
Nearly two years into his papacy, Pope Francis continues to be widely popular: Seven-in-ten Americans view him favorably, including 90% of U.S. Catholics.
5 facts about religious hostilities in Europe
Harassment and attacks against religious minorities continue in many countries there, and hostilities against Jews in particular have been spreading.
Global Restrictions on Religion
Social hostilities involving religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions remained level. But harassment of Jews reached a seven-year high.
5 key findings about global restrictions on religion
There was an overall decline in social hostilities to religion in 2013, though harassment of Jews worldwide reached a high. These are five key takeaways from our religious restrictions report.
The continuing decline of Europe’s Jewish population
The Jewish population in Europe has dropped significantly over the last several decades – most dramatically in Eastern Europe and the countries that make up the former Soviet Union.