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Pew: Muslim Births to Outpace Christian Births

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 04:32 PM

Within the next two decades, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to exceed births to Christians, according to Pew Research Center demographic estimates.

The research found that births to Muslims made up an estimated 31 percent of all babies born around the world between 2010 and 2015 — exceeding the 24 percent of Muslims among people of all ages in 2015.

The world's Christian population also has continued to grow, though modestly, Pew reported. In recent years, 33 percent of the world's babies were born to Christians, slightly more than the 31 percent Christian share of the world's population.

According to Pew, the relatively young population and high fertility rates of Muslims lead to a projection that globally between 2030 and 2035, there will be 225 million babies born to Muslims compared with 224 million born to Christians — even though the total Christian population will still be larger.

By the 2055 to 2060 period, the birth gap between the two groups is expected to approach 6 million — 232 million births among Muslims compared with 226 million births among Christians, the researchers projected.

The baby boom among Muslims stands in stark contrast to the trend among people who don't identify with any religion, Pew reports. Religiously unaffiliated people make up 16 percent of the global population, but only an estimated 10 percent of the world's newborns between 2010 and 2015 were born to religiously unaffiliated mothers.

By 2055 to 2060, just 9 percent of all babies will be born to religiously unaffiliated women, while 36 percent will be born to Muslims and 35 percent will be born to Christians, the researchers projected.

Pew reported that Christians were the largest religious group in the world in 2015:

  • Christians are 31 percent of the Earth's 7.3 billion people.
  • Muslims were second, with 1.8 billion people, or 24 percent of the global population.
  • Religious "nones" at 16 percent.
  • Hindus at 15 percent.
  • Buddhists at 7 percent.

Pew said its report relied on a database of more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers from around the world.

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