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Global Christianity

A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Christian Population


A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. Christians are also geographically widespread – so far-flung, in fact, that no single continent or region can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity.

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Read through the preface, executive summary, report chapters and methodology.


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gc-landing-traditionsRegional Distribution of Christians: 


Sortable Data Tables:



View data on Christians in 232 countries in a series of sortable data tables. View all Christians and each tradition by number, as a percentage of the total Christian population and as a percentage of the overall population.

How much do you know about Christianity around the world? Test your knowledge with our short, 10-question quiz, which includes questions on the size and distribution of the 2010 global Christian population.


Interactive Feature:

gc-landing-interactiveInteractive Maps

Select one of 232 countries, a region or the world to see the size of the Christian population in 2010. Filter data to see the 2010 population of the Christian traditions.


World Maps:

gc-landing-weightedWeighted World Map of the Christian Population in 1910 and 2010

View a weighted map of the world that shows each country’s relative size based on its Christian population.

gc-landing-all-mapBubble Maps of the Christian Population

View world maps that display the size of the Christian population in each country using different-sized bubbles.


Event Transcript:


In a conference call with journalists, Pew Forum staff members discussed the findings of a new report, Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.


This report is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project.