December 13, 2016

Muslims and Hindus have made the largest gains in educational attainment over decades


Muslims and Hindus have made the largest gains in educational attainment over decades

Average years of formal schooling, by religious group across three generations

13.8 Jewish

13.4

10.3 Unaffiliated

9.9 Christians

9.7 Buddhists

8.9

8.6 Global average

7.4

7.1 Hindus

7.2

6.6

6.7 Muslims

3.6

3.5

0

Youngest,

ages 25-34

Oldest,

ages 55-74

Middle,

ages 35-54

Note: The oldest, middle, and youngest cohorts were born 1936-1955, 1956-1975, and 1976-1985, respectively, and were ages 55-74, 35-54, and 25-34 as of 2010.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis. See Methodology for more details.
“Religion and Education Around the World”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER