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 50.00% 722,108,054
Japan 40.00% 50,420,322
Thailand 95.00% 66,453,308
India 3.25% 45,285,794
Sri Lanka 70.00% 15,048,117
Burma 85.00% 46,585,110
Cambodia 97.00% 16,438,045
Laos 70.00% 5,165,551
Other Asian countries 15.00% 231,628,366
Total Buddhists in Asia 1,199,132,665
U.S.A. 2.00% 6,658,301
Canada & N. Am. islands 1.10% 418,747
Total Buddhists in N. America 7,077,048
Germany 1.10% 922,905
France 1.20% 785,114
United Kingdom 1.20% 818,485
Other European countries 0.15% 796,881
Total Buddhists in Europe 3,323,386
Total Buddhists in Latin America and S. Am. 0.15% 989,763
Total Buddhists in Australia & Oceania 2.70% 1,122,413
Total Buddhists in Africa 0.02% 274,696
Total Buddhists in the world 1,211,919,971

Approximately 1.2 billion Buddhists in the world.

Last updated: June 2021

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