Pew Research Center: India will have the world’s most Muslims in 2060

Source: Pew Research Center

A recent report of Pew Research Center featured a list in the form of two tables. The tables feature the Christian and the Muslim populations from all over the world with differences in diversity and concentration of the two major religions, in different countries, now and projected for 2060.


The population of Muslims is highest in Islam’s important centers. Approximately 65 percent of Muslims reside in nations with the ten most significant Muslim populations. To put this data in perspective, only 48 percent of the global Christian population live in countries having the ten largest Christian communities. About 52 percent of global Christians reside in nation states where the dominant religion by population is not Christianity. The same statistic can be applied to only 35 percent of global Muslims.


When it comes to absolute terms, 1.2 billion Christians and 609 million Muslims live where their faith is not in the top 10 countries. Pew Research Center India is a unique country in the sense that despite housing the world’s second-largest Muslim population, the number of adherents towards Islam (15 percent of the Indian population) nothing compared to the number of people identifying themselves as Hindu. Nigeria is another country hosting both the sixth most significant Christian population in the world (87 million) and the fifth largest global Muslim population (90 million).

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3 replies

  1. Whilst the subject here seems to be about competing religions, and who can produce the largest number of adherents of each particular faith, the reality is that the world is becoming (already is) over-populated, and measures need urgently to be taken to control population growth, and focus on education, as well as achieving decent living and health standards. Religion should be a personal matter.

    • So should having the number of children also be a personal matter.

      Just like governments should not involve themselves in matters of religion, they should also not enforce the numbers of children a couple has.

      Their (governments), job is to govern and provide services for the citizens!

  2. But common sense should prevail. Humans can’t continue breeding like wild animals. Some control is necessary. Fortunately, most more educated people do restrict themselves to 2 or 3 children.

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