The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions including 35 independent countries. The Americas cover 8.3% of the Earth’s total surface area (28.4% of its land area) and contain about 14% of the population.
South America has an area of 17,840,000 sq kilometer (6,890,000 sq mi), or almost 3.5% of the Earth’s surface. In 2005, its population was estimated at more than 371,000,000.
North America’s population was estimated at over 518,575,000 in early 2009 which includes Central America. (The USA and Canada population is around 340,699,331.) It is unclear just how many Muslims are represented in the America’s and estimates vary considerably. Canada is thought to have 2% Muslim population out of a total of 33,487,208 and the USA is about 1% of a total of 307,212,123.
External Links and Sources:
- Mapping the Global Muslim Population (Pew Research Forum)
- World Fact Book (CIA)
- Muslim Population Worldwide
- The Largest Muslim Communities
- Global Status of Evangelical Christianity Unengaged Unreached People Groups
- Unreached Ethnic People Group Listings (Joshua Project)
- and Wikipedia has several good links, maps and resources + World Religions: Britannica Book of the Year, ©2003
- Global Status of Evangelical Christianity Unengaged Unreached Muslim People Groups 100,000 or more (xls file saved via MS Excel, 380 kb)
- 2010 World Muslim Population compiled by Houssain Kettani at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 61 pages of interesting statistics on Muslim countries and the demographics of Muslim growth. (pdf, 788 kb)