Open Data

The following are links to selected  national and international sources of  'Open Data', analytical tools, and reports with a focus on religions around the world:
  • American FactFinder - The U.S. Census Bureau provides access to population, housing, economics, and other information.
  • ARDA Religion Research Hub - Providing free access to quality data about religion for educators, religious congregations, and researchers.
  • CIA World Factbook - Information and statistics on religions in countries around the world. 
  • CSGC Resources - Data, Maps, Tables, & Statistics on Christianity in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Fastest Growing Religions - Providing free access to data and statistics on the worlds major religions.
  • NationMaster - Compilation of statistics from such sources as the CIA, UN, WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.
  • Pew Forum - Surveys, statistics, and data on 'Religion & Public Life' by the Pew Forum.
  • World Government Data Store - Open government data sites from countries, cities and states around the world.
* See InfoGraph on Churches & Technology

Open Data can be defined as 'selected data' that should be made freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other excessive control mechanisms.

'Open Data' Organizations

* Also check out The Open Data Handbook

Top Religions               2000 Est.                          2025 Est.
Christianity                      2.0  billion                           2.6 billion
Islam                               1.2  billion                           1.8 billion
Hinduism                          .8  billion                           1.0 billion
Buddhism                        .36 billion                            .4  billion

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