What Religion Do Central Americans Follow?


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Christians comprise around 96 percent of the Central American population, making Christianity the most widely practiced religion in the region, as of 2010. Over 32 million Central Americans, 75 percent of the region's population, are followers of Roman Catholicism.

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Roman Catholicism spread in Central America from the Spanish colonial period in the 16th century until the middle of the 20th century. In the 1960s, Protestantism and other Christian sects also gained followers. As of 2010, almost 3 percent of Central America identifies as agnostic, and less than 1 percent are ethnoreligionists.

Central America encompasses the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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