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ESTIMATED SIZE OF THE PROTESTANT POPULATION
IN SPANISH & PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING
COUNTRIES OF THE AMERICAS, MID-2000
Compiled by Clifton L. Holland, Director of PROLADES
(Last revised on August 15, 2002)
COUNTRY/
REGION
ESTIMATED
TOTAL
POPULATION
MID-2000
ESTIMATED
PROTESTANT
POPULATION MID-2000
ESTIMATED
PERCENT
PROTESTANT
ESIMATED
NUMBER
OF PROT.
CONGR.
ESTIMATED
PROTESTANT
POPULATION
AAGR 1960-95
HISP-USA
35.3 (million)
9.107 (million)
25.8
30,358
12.1 (1980-95)
HISP-CANADA
225,000
22,500
10.0
180
6.8
MEXICO
99.639 (million)
5.878 (million)
5.9
29,394
6.6
TOTAL/NAM
135.164 (million)
15.008 (million)
11.1
54,053
8.2
GUATEMALA
12.670 (million)
3.294 (million)
26.0
16,470
9.8
EL SALVADOR
6.280 (million)
1.005 (million)
16.0
5,024
8.5
HONDURAS
6.130 (million)
1.042 (million)
17.0
5,210
10.5
NICARAGUA
5.074 (million)
608,880
15,0
4,500
5.6
COSTA RICA
3.825 (million)
612,000
16.0
3,040
6.3
PANAMA
2.857 (million)
342,840
12.0
1,714
4.7
TOTAL/CAM
36.836 (million)
6.905 (million)
18.8
35,958
8.1
COLOMBIA
40.037 (million)
2.002 (million)
5.0
10,000
7.5
VENEZUELA
24.170 (million)
1.402 (million)
5.8
7,000
9.5
ECUADOR
12.646 (million)
1.265 (million)
10.0
6,323
14.2
PERU
27.136 (million)
2.714 (million)
10.0
13,568
18.0
BOLIVIA
8.281 (million)
1.095 (million)
13.0
5,383
9.5
CHILE
15.211 (million)
3.346 (million)
22.0
16,732
5.1
ARGENTINA
37.048 (million)
3.075 (million)
8.3
15,375
4.6
PARAGUAY
5.505 (million)
440,400
8.0
2,202
7.7
URUGUAY
3.313 (million)
331.300
10.0
1,657
2.3
TOTAL/SAM
173.347 (million)
15.671 (mil)
9.0
78,240
6.0
CUBA
11.139 (million)
557,000
5.0
2,785
2.9
DOMINICAN REP.
8.443 (million)
844,300
10.0
4,222
8.7
PUERTO RICO
3.916 (million)
1.057 (million)
27.0
5,287
5.3
TOTAL/CAR
23.498 (million)
2.458 (million)
10.5
12,294
5.1
TOTAL/SPANISH
368.845 (million)
40.042 (mil)
9.8
180,545
6.9
TOTAL/BRAZIL
170.115 (million)
18.713 (million)
11.0
93,565
5.1
GRAND TOTALS
538.960 (million)
58.755 (million)
10.9%
244,110
6.0%
NOTES:
#1 Country population statistics are from the 2000 World Data Sheet (mid-2000 estimate), Population Reference Bureau (Washington, D.C.)
#2 All Protestant population estimates were made by Clifton L. Holland, Director of PROLADES (Proyecto Latinoamericano de Estudios Sociorreligiosos) based on the most recent information available from published sources, unpublished reports, and/or estimates made by the author based on older available data.
#3 Congregations = churches and missions (but does not include "preaching points" or "campos blancos")
#4 AAGR = Average Annual Growth Rate.
#5 Estimates for 1960 were taken from the table, "Catholics and Protestants in Latin America," in Christianity Today, Vol. 7, No. 21 (July 19, 1963), page 8; exceptions: Hispanics in the USA and Canada, and the nation of Mexico.
#6 This chart is an update of an earlier version published in the Latin America Evangelist, Oct-Dec 1997, with data on the Protestant Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean for Mid-1995.
Produced by Clifton L. Holland, Director of PROLADES
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