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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Extended Protestant

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (64%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Barbados Caribbean World
Christian (all denominations combined) 70.5% 67.3% 29.9%
 
  • Protestant
  • 37.7% 11.8% 5.6%
     
  • Anglican
  • 15.9% 1.1% 1.2%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 10.5% 6.6% 2.8%
     
  • Catholic
  • 2.7% 44% 15%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 0.1% 0.2% 3%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 3.6% 3.7% 2.3%
    Christian Syncretic 0.7% 18.3% ---
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 0.6% 0.2% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 0.5% 0.2% 19%
     
  • Other and Unknown Muslim
  • 0.1% < 0.1% 0.3%
    Hindu 0.4% 0.6% 14.5%
    Neoreligionist 0.2% 0.5% 0.1%
    Other Religionist 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 17% 9.1% 12%
    Unknown 10.6% 3.6% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 166 square miles and a population of 280,000. According to the 2000 official census, more than 95 percent of the population is considered Christian, although persons may not be active in any particular denomination. The Anglican Church constitutes the largest religious group, with 70,000 members; an estimated 67 percent are active. The next largest group is the Seventh-day Adventists, numbering 16,000 members, 10,000 of whom are active. There are 11,000 Roman Catholics; an estimated 20 percent are active. Pentecostals number 7,000; more than 50 percent are active. Methodists number 5,000, according to church officials, although many more claimed Methodist affiliation in the previous official census; an estimated 60 percent are active. There are 2,500 members of Jehovah's Witnesses; more than 95 percent are active. Baptists, Moravians, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are present in small numbers.

    The number of non-Christians is small. There are 4,000 Muslims, most of whom are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from the Indian state of Gujarat. A few immigrants from Guyana, Trinidad, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as 200 native-born persons, comprise the rest of the growing Muslim community. There are three mosques and an Islamic center. Other religious groups include Rastafarians, Hindus, Buddhists, and members of the Baha'i Faith.


    Sources

    1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports the estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. The RCS was created to fulfill the unmet need for a dataset on the religious dimensions of countries of the world, with the state-year as the unit of observation. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivision within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    3.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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