Study Finds Most Evangelical Christians Live in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin November 10, 2013. | (Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Evangelical Christians make up a huge swath of the world’s population. But most of them reside in Asia, Africa, and Latin America — not in North America, a new study has found. 

French researcher Sebastian Fath estimates that there are about 660 million evangelicals in the world, representing a little over a quarter of all 2.5 billion Christians.

According to Fath, the largest share of evangelicals live in Asia, with about 215 million adherents. China has 66 million, India has 28 million, Indonesia has 16 million, the Philippines has 13 million, and South Korea has 9 million.

Africa has the second-highest number of evangelical Christians with 185 million. Nigeria has 58 million, Kenya has 20 million, Ethiopia has 18 million, and both DRC Congo and South Africa have 15 million.

An estimated 123 million evangelicals live in South America, mostly in Brazil, Argentina and Guatemala.

Surprisingly, North America has 107 million evangelicals, 93 million of whom live in the United States. Ten million live in Mexico, and just 4 million in Canada. The rest of the world’s evangelicals are divided between Europe at 23 million and Oceania at 7 million.

The figures presented are approximate, based on 25 documents analyzed which address the evolution of evangelical Christianity in the world.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett