Muslims saw the greatest natural increase among all other religious groups, including Christians, between 2010 and 2015, suggests a global report. Births to Muslims outnumbered deaths by 152 million (213 million births vs. 61 million deaths), shows the Pew Research survey. Generally, all major groups had more births than deaths.
With 1.8 billion people, or 24% of the world’s population, followed by religious “nones” (16%), Hindus (15%) and Buddhists (7%), Muslims makes up the second largest religious group globally. Adherents of folk religions, Jews and members of other religions make up smaller shares of the world’s people.
In 2015, Christians remained the largest religious group in the world. It made up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis.
However, the report also presented that the number of Christians in its heartland, the continent of Europe, is decreasing. Christians had the most births and deaths of any religious group in recent years.
An estimated 223 million babies were born to Christian mothers and roughly 107 million Christians died between 2010 and 2015. But, in Europe, deaths outnumbered births by nearly 6 million during the same period.
Muslims and the unaffiliated in Europe both witnessed natural augmentation in their populations, with new report estimating that there were more than two million and one million more births than deaths, respectively, between 2010 and 2015.