Occupying the largest part of the Southern Cone of South America, and stretching from Northern deserts and tropical areas to sub-polar Tierra del Fuego, Argentina shares a good deal in common culturally and religiously with other Latin American societies, particularly when it comes to the prominence of Marian devotion. Still, the Southern cone countries — especially Uruguay and Chile, but also Argentina — differ from from most other Latin societies in terms of economic prosperity and lower levels of religious practice and commitment.

In a number of very public, visible ways, Argentina appears to be an especially devout country. Catholic images are prominent in public spaces — on esplanades, at public schools and universities, town offices, police stations, public parks, etc. Marian feasts regularly draw out large crowds, and supplant everything else in town, sometimes for days, as at the feast of the Señor y Virgen del Milagro. This presence in public space is largely taken for granted. But in Argentina, like its neighbor Chile, a good deal of survey data reveals lower levels of religious practice and commitment than one might expect. Read more...

    Religious Affiliation
    Chart source: Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, 2010
    Total Population
    44,688,864 1
    91.90% 1
    8.10% 1
    Immigrants as % of Population
    4.8% 2
    6.53 per 100,000 people (global median 6.9) 3
    Level of Public Corruption
    95 (1=lowest, 176=highest corruption) 4
    Gender Equality in the Economy, Health, Education and Politics
    33 (1=most equal, 144=least equal) 5
    Fertility Rate
    2.31 births per adult woman 6
    Children Who Do Not Live to Age 5
    1.30% 6
    Life Expectancy at Birth
    76 years 6
    Adult Literacy Rate
    97.97% 6
    Internet Users
    65% 6
    Gross National Income per Capita
    US$13,480 6
    Population Living Below US$1.90 per Day
    1.8% 6
    • 1 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Online Edition.
    • 2 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 revision.
    • 3 United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Homicide Statistics 2015.
    • 4 Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
    • 5 World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2016.
    • 6 UNICEF, State of the World's Children, 2016.

    These statistics are derived from the Vatican's official publication, Statistical Yearbook of the Church 2020 (Vatican City: Librera Editrice Vaticana, 2022). The numbers may differ from data reported by other sources on this site.

    Baptized Catholics
    Baptized Catholics as % of Total Population
    Baptisms per Year (Under age 7)
    Baptisms per Year (Over age 7)
    First Communions per Year
    Confirmations per Year
    Students Enrolled in Catholic Primary Schools
    Students Enrolled in Catholic Secondary Schools
    Students Enrolled in Catholic Higher Education
    Church Marriages per Year
    Church Marriages in Which Both Spouses are Catholics
    Women Religious (Nuns & Sisters)
    Catholics per Priest
    Mission Stations (no resident priests)
    Catholic Hospitals
    Homes for Aged, Handicapped, Invalids