Pew Research Center: 30% of the world will be Muslim by 2050

2509 2018-01-14

Washington D.C.-based think tank Pew Research Center (PRC) estimates that Muslims will reach 2.76 billion or 29.7% of the world's population by 2050.

According to a 2017 study by the Center, Sub-Saharan Africa will comprise 24.3% of Muslims worldwide in 2050, while Asia will host around 52.8 % - a drop from 61.7% in 2010.  

The Middle East and North Africa will remain steady at 20%, growing by just 0.2% from 2010 to 2050.

Even though numbers of Islamophobic attacks are occurring at higher rates in the U.S., the community in the U.S. is expected to double from 0.9% to 2.1%. 

These figures are attributed to recent migration and demographic patterns. 

"Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries around the world," the 2017 report states.


Indonesia currently hosts the largest Muslim community with 209 million people - 87.2% of the country's population - which will see a rise of 50 million by the year 2050. 

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