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The World’s Most Popular Religions

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The World's Most Popular Religions

The World’s Most Popular Religions

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Religion has played a pivotal role in shaping the beliefs, values, and cultures of societies around the world.

While estimating the exact number of followers for each faith poses a considerable challenge, figures from reputable sources like Britannica and Pew Research provide valuable insights into the global religious landscape.

The Religions With the Most Followers

Below are the seven most popular religions, based on Britannica’s analysis and estimates:

RankReligionEstimated number of followers
1Christianity2,200,000,000
2Islam1,800,000,000
3Hinduism1,100,000,000
4Buddhism500,000,000
5Shinto104,000,000
6Sikhism25,000,000
7Judaism14,000,000

Note: These estimates provide a broad perspective on the distribution of followers for each religion, recognizing the inherent difficulty in accurately counting global adherents.

There are three major religions with over 1 billion followers: Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

Buddhism is also a big player, with 500 million followers worldwide. After this, there’s a significant dropoff, with the next three largest religions (Shintō, Sikhism, and Judaism) adding up to fewer than 150 million followers between them.

It’s also worth mentioning that practically speaking, many of these popular religions have various sects, denominations, branches, or interpretations that they can be further grouped into.

For example, Christianity itself can be further categorized into denominations such as Catholic (50.1%), Protestant (36.7%), Eastern Orthodox (9.4%), Oriental Orthodox (2.5%), and other smaller Christian denominations (1.3%).

What Religions Missed the Cut?

Not captured in the above visual are many smaller organized religions, as well as folk and traditional religions, that are distributed all around the world.

Examples of notable religions that did not make the top seven list include: Taoism, Muism, Cao Dai, Baháʼí Faith, Jainism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, and Zoroastrianism.

Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people also practice African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions, and Australian aboriginal religions.

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Ranked: America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

We visualize the results of a YouGov survey that determined the most popular beers among each U.S. generation.

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America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

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In this graphic we’ve visualized the most popular beers for each U.S. generation as of Q4 2023, according to a consumer survey conducted by YouGov.

The “popularity” metric represents the % of people who had a positive opinion of that beer. Note that YouGov surveys are conducted with a representative sample of 1,500 respondents.

Overview: Millennials

U.S. millennials appear to favor foreign beers, with the top five spots taken by Dutch (Heineken) or Mexican beers (Modelo, Corona).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇳🇱 Heineken60
🇲🇽 Modelo59
🇲🇽 Corona59
🇲🇽 Corona Extra58
🇲🇽 Corona Light58
🇺🇸 White Claw56
🇮🇪 Guinness55
🇧🇪 Stella Artois55
🇺🇸 Budweiser54
🇺🇸 Miller54

While not exactly a beer, White Claws (which have a similar alcohol content) claimed sixth place. Hard seltzers have become very popular in recent years due to their variety of flavors, attractive packaging, and relatively low amount of carbs and calories.

Overview: Gen X

Gen X also has a strong preference for foreign beers, particularly Guinness (fun fact: Over 31 million Americans claim to be of Irish descent).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness57
🇳🇱 Heineken49
🇲🇽 Corona49
🇲🇽 Modelo47
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams47
🇧🇪 Stella Artois46
🇲🇽 Corona Extra45
🇲🇽 Corona Light44
🇺🇸 Blue Moon43
🇺🇸 Miller41

Two American beers that weren’t on Millennials’ top 10 list are Samuel Adams and Blue Moon.

Samuel Adams is the flagship brand of the Boston Beer Company, named after U.S. Founding Father Samuel Adams. On the other hand, Blue Moon is a Belgian-style witbier brewed by Molson Coors.

Overview: Baby Boomers

Boomers’ top 10 favorite beers are similar to Gen X, with a few key differences. One is the absence of Modelo, which ranked second and fourth for Millennials and Gen X, respectively.

Modelo (which became America’s best-selling beer in 2023) has focused its advertising efforts on sports, which may not reach Boomers as effectively as younger generations.

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness49
🇳🇱 Heineken48
🇲🇽 Corona48
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams46
🇺🇸 Coors43
🇺🇸 Miller38
🇺🇸 Michelob Light38
🇺🇸 Miller Lite37
🇲🇽 Dos Equis37
🇧🇪 Stella Artois37

An interesting pick for Boomers is Dos Equis, which is produced by Heineken-owned Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery. The brand gained popularity for its “most interesting man in the world” commercials, which ran from 2006 to 2018.

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Be sure to check out this graphic which breaks down global beer consumption by country.

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