According to population projections by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the world’s Muslim population will grow by roughly 35% by 2030, resulting in a global Muslim population of 2.2 billion. Over the next two decades, the Muslim population will grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population. Therefore, if current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4% of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030, up from 23.4% of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion. While the Muslim population will grow faster than the non-Muslim population over the next 20 years, the population’s rate of growth will be slower over that time period that it was during the previous 20 years. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.