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Annual Table of World Religions, 1900-2025
by David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, Jan. 1, 2002
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1900 1970 2000 Trend mid-2002 2025
WORLD POPULATION       %/p.a.    
1. Total population 1,619,626,000 3,696,148,000 6,055,049,000 1.22 6,203,789,000 7,823,703,000
2. Urban dwellers (urbanites) 232,695,000 1,353,370,000 2,881,079,000 1.90 2,991,572,000 4,611,677,000
3. Rural dwellers 1,386,931,000 2,342,778,000 3,173,970,000 0.60 3,212,217,000 3,212,026,000
4. Adult population (over 15s) 1,074,058,000 2,310,543,000 4,254,647,000 1.76 4,405,603,000 5,987,079,000
5. Literates 296,258,000 1,475,194,000 3,261,345,000 1.76 3,377,265,000 5,046,637,000
6. Non-literates 777,800,000 835,349,000 993,302,000 1.75 1,028,338,000 940,442,000
WORLD CITIES            
7. Metropolises (over 100,000) 300 2,400 4,050 1.84 4,200 6,500
8. Megacities (over 1 million) 20 161 402 2.21 420 650
9. Urban poor 100 million 650 million 1,400 million 3.16 1,490 million 3,000 million
10. Urban slumdwellers 20 million 260 million 700 million 2.82 740 million 1,500 million
WORLD RELIGIONS            
11. Total all religions 1,000 6,000 9,900 1.70 10,200 15,000
12. Christians (all kinds) 558,132,000 1,236,374,000 1,999,564,000 1.27 2,050,616,000 2,616,670,000
13. Muslims 199,941,000 553,528,000 1,188,243,000 2.11 1,239,029,000 1,784,876,000
14. Non-religious 3,024,000 532,096,000 768,159,000 0.80 780,557,000 875,121,000
15. Hindus 203,003,000 462,598,000 811,336,000 1.54 836,543,000 1,049,231,000
16. Buddhists 127,077,000 233,424,000 359,982,000 1.04 367,538,000 418,345,000
17. Atheists 226,000 165,400,000 150,090,000 0.24 150,804,000 159,544,000
18. New-Religionists 5,910,000 77,762,000 102,356,000 0.94 104,280,000 114,720,000
19. Ethno-religionists 117,558,000 160,278,000 228,367,000 1.30 234,341,000 277,247,000
20. Sikhs 2,962,000 10,618,000 23,258,000 1.84 24,124,000 31,378,000
21. Jews 12,292,000 14,763,000 14,434,000 0.81 14,670,000 16,053,000

Source: "Annual Statistical Table on Global Mission" by David B. Barrett & Todd M. Johnson in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Jan 2002. An updated table can be found at: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga/globalchristianity/resources.htm



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