How Religious Groups Differ in Educational Attainment

According to a new Pew Research Center global demographic study on differences in educational attainment among the world’s major religious groups, Jews are the most highly educated, with an average of more than 13 years of schooling (among those ages 25 and older). Christians, Buddhists, and religiously unaffiliated people — who include atheists, agnostics and those who say their religion is nothing in particular — each have a higher number of years of schooling than the global average (7.7 years), while Muslims and Hindus have the fewest average years of schooling. These wide disparities in educational attainment are partly a function of geography.

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