How Many Buddhists Are There in the World?

How Many Buddhists Are There in the World?

The estimated number of Buddhists in the world is 488 million or more. They account for about 6 percent of the total world's population. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and those holding non-religious views.

The Asia-Pacific region has the highest population of Buddhists in the world, with China and Thailand being home to the majority of them. There are more than a million Buddhists in North America and Europe.

Buddhists are the followers of Buddha or Siddharta Gautama. They do not believe in a personal god. There are many denominations of Buddhism, but the three largest are Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism.