Asians as % of world, and Asian Christianity

A friend writes, “I’m in Indonesia this week with [redacted].

I am told that 2 of every 3 people in the world are Asians.

That’s 4.9 billion people.

Do you have any idea how many, Or what percentage, are not Christians?”The question is “fairly” simply answered from Joshua Project’s data.

It does involve some processing of affinity blocks and the like.

Since it’s probably of interest to others as well, I reproduce my answer below:

 JP AB Code Affinity Bloc Name Population Christians%
A001Arab World     373,430,400       22,364,1635.99%
A002East Asian Peoples  1,555,386,700     131,525,7758.46%
A003Eurasian Peoples     811,089,420     585,230,51472.15%
A004Horn of Africa Peoples     125,167,400       63,058,33950.38%
A005Persian-Median     174,590,100            507,1900.29%
A006Jews       15,274,780            378,0752.48%
A007Latin-Caribbean Americans     659,921,450     603,943,26591.52%
A008Malay Peoples     406,985,050     142,085,53334.91%
A009North American Peoples     238,500,080     194,943,19781.74%
A010Pacific Islanders       14,103,800       12,753,90090.43%
A011Southeast Asian Peoples     230,131,750       13,245,7935.76%
A012South Asian Peoples  1,678,175,780       24,696,1641.47%
A013Sub-Saharan Peoples     821,666,930     482,559,49758.73%
A014Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples       99,107,390       12,351,26312.46%
A015Turkic Peoples     176,859,000         1,587,5930.90%
A016Unclassified              14,400                   3982.76%
TOTAL  7,380,404,430  2,291,230,65931.04%
ASIANS  5,132,325,190     911,229,82517.75%

“Asian” is a little problematic, but for this exercise I am adding up East Asian, Eurasian, Persian, Malay, SE Asian, S Asian, Tibetan, and Turkic.

I suspect the difference between my total of 5.1 billion and my friend’s estimate of 4.9 billion has to do with including Eurasians.

But the numbers are close enough.

The answer to “What % are non-Christians” is simply 100-17.75, or 82.25%.

Interestingly, what it reveals is that Asians make up 70% of the world, but less than half of the world’s Christians – in fact, the difference between Asian Christianity and total global Christianity is a bit more than the total US population.