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Which Religion Has The Highest Population In The World?


According to Adherents, an independent, non-religiously affiliated organisation that monitors the number and size of the world’s religions, there are some 4,300 religions of the world.

Side-stepping the issue of what constitutes a religion, Adherents divides religions into churches, denominations, congregations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, and movements. All are of varying size and influence.

South & East Asia & the Middle East were the birthplaces to all of the world’s largest religions. Abrahamic religions combine to claim over half of the global populace.

Nearly 75 per cent of the world’s population practices one of the five most influential religions of the world: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

This is a list of religious populations by number of adherents and countries.

Christianity2.4 billion33%
Islam1.8 billion24.10%
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist≤1.2 billion16%
Hinduism1.15 billion15%
Buddhism521 million7%
Chinese traditional religion394 million5.50%
Ethnic Religions300 million4.19%
African traditional religions100 million1.40%
Sikhism30 million0.32%
Spiritism15 million0.21%
Judaism14 million0.20%
Bahá’í7.0 million0.10%
Jainism4.2 million0.06%
Shinto4.0 million0.06%
Cao Dai4.0 million0.06%
Zoroastrianism2.6 million0.04%
Tenrikyo2.0 million0.02%
Neo-Paganism1.0 million0.01%
Unitarian Universalism0.8 million0.01%
Rastafari0.6 million0.01%
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