Buddhists in the World

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An article originally published at Dhamma Wiki's mother website, TheDhamma.com by Dr. David N. Snyder. The complete statistics are now shown here:

Area Percent Buddhist Buddhists
China 40.00% 554,226,615
Japan 80.00% 101,714,862
Thailand 95.00% 63,659,977
India 3.25% 40,694,537
Sri Lanka 70.00% 14,891,260
Burma 90.00% 47,933,116
Cambodia 95.00% 14,378,411
Laos 75.00% 5,077,295
Other Asian countries 16.00% 234,399,786
Total Buddhists in Asia 1,076,975,857
U.S.A. 2.00% 6,461,558
Canada & N. Am. islands 1.10% 396,708
Total Buddhists in N. America 6,858,267
Germany 1.10% 887,574
France 1.20% 772,744
United Kingdom 1.20% 776,590
Other European countries 0.15% 792,964
Total Buddhists in Europe 3,229,871
Total Buddhists in Latin America and S. Am. 0.15% 951,580
Total Buddhists in Australia & Oceania 1.80% 707,960
Total Buddhists in Africa 0.02% 237,236
Total Buddhists in the world 1,088,960,772

Approximately 1.1 billion Buddhists in the world.

Last updated: January 2016

See also

References

  • The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
  • http://www.thedhamma.com/
  • U.S. State Dept. report Approx. 8% to 40% for China. (the report lists 8% but then states that there are "hundreds of millions" of Chinese who practice various religions together, which includes Buddhism).
  • BBC News, 2007 Approx. 16% to 23% for China.
  • ChinaDaily.com, 2007 Approx. 16% to 21% for China.
  • Seanetwork.org article by Dr. A. Smith, 2004 Approx. 50% to 80% for China.
  • Global Center for the Study of Contemporary China Approx. 23% to 98% for China (the report lists 23% but states that as many as 98% follow more than one religion, which includes Buddhism).
  • Buddhist Channel article, July 7, 2009 Buddhism thrives in China
  • Gach, Alpha Books, 2001 Approx. 91% for China.
  • The Pluralism Project at Harvard University; Statistics article: 2% to 4% for U.S.
  • deseretnews.com Utah State Univ. 3/17/2007 article: 80% of Buddhists in the U.S. of Asian descent, 20% or more convert Buddhists or from non-Asian descent
  • daophatngaynay.com 2010 article Mass conversion of dalits in India (untouchables converting to Buddhism)
  • Newsweek magazine, March 2008 India now 3.25% Buddhist