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Report: world’s Muslim population will nearly equal Christian population in 2050

April 07, 2015

The Pew Research Center has published a new report entitled “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050.”

The report found that in 2050, if current trends continue, 31% of the world’s people will profess Christianity—a rate identical to that in 2010—while the world’s Muslim population will rise from 23% to 29%.

Hindus are expected to remain steady at 15% of world population, while Buddhists will fall from 7% to 5% and those who are unaffiliated will decline from 16% to 13%.

In 2050, 40% of the world’s Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa, while in the Unite States, “Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the US than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.”


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