From Pew Forum, “Global Christianity,” December 2011 report.
[Pew commissioned many of these numbers from Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity.]

 

Christianity today is really a global religion.


CHRISTIANS

2.18 billion Christians in the world, 
almost a third of the world’s total population.

 

More Christians today live in the “Global South” than the “Global North”

“Global South” = Africa, Asia and Latin America
“Global North = North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan

1910
(% of World Christian Population)
2010
(% of World Christian Population)
Global South17.8%60.8%
Global North  82.2%39.2%

In 1910, nearly 66.3% of the world’s Christians lived in Europe.
In 2010,  only 26% of the world’s Christians live in Europe.

 

 

PROTESTANTS

36.7% of Christians in the world are Protestant (801 million people)

50.1% of Christians in the world are Catholic
11.9% of Christians in the world are Orthodox

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest concentration of Protestants (36.9%)
more than the Americas (32.9%), Asia (17.4%), Europe (12.6%) and the Middle East and North Africa (0.2%)

The United States has most Protestant Christians in the world.
20% of the world’s Protestants live in the United States, almost 160 million people.

 

Other countries with large numbers of Protestants:

Nigeria, 59.7 million
China, 58 million
Brazil, 40.5 million
South Africa, 36.6 million
United Kingdom, 33.8 million
DR Congo, 31.7 million
Germany, 28.6 million
Kenya, 24.2 million
India, 18.9 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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