Here’s How Many VEGANS Are In The World (SEP 2022)



How many vegans are in the world right now, in 2022?

For the last sixty years, veganism has been the minority of another minority; vegetarianism.

But, for the last four years, we’ve seen these ‘minorities’ taking over the world.

In this article, you’ll find out:

  • The definition of ‘veganism’
  • Top vegan countries in the world right now
  • The total percentage of vegans in the world in 2022

Without further ado…

What is Veganism?

The term ‘vegan’ was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of ‘The Vegan Society.’

Initially, the term was used to describe non-dairy vegetarians.

However, in 1951 the Vegan Society updated the definition to:…“exclude all forms of animal exploitation…”

The definition of Veganism
The definition of VEGANISM according to the Vegan Society.

Nowadays, the term vegan encapsulates several variations around animal exploitation and the consumption of animal-based products (food, fashion, etc.)

For more details on that, see the end of the article.

From Vegetarian To Vegan

The transition from vegetarians to vegans has been accelerated by global movements such as ‘Veganuary’.

The movement encourages people to try vegan products for ‘January and beyond’ and has grown five times since its launch in 2014.

nr of vegan people in the world in 2020
The number of people signing to the ‘Veganuary’ campaign. Source: BBC.

Similarly, Google search for ‘veganism’ has seen an increase of 580 percent over the last five years.

The term has received, at the end of 2019, almost five times more interest than the ‘vegetarian’ and ‘cruelty-free’ searches combined.

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The term ‘vegan’ is 5 times up when compared to similar terms.

According to The Economist, only 3.4 percent of Americans were vegetarian in 2015.

Of those, only 0.4 percent were vegans.

A similar survey run in Japan in 2014 showed that 4.7 percent of the population was vegetarian.

However, as a trivia note, as only 2.7 percent identified as vegans, it is more likely for a person to participate – and win – at a casino than be vegan.

The transition from vegetarians to vegans has been so profound that 2019 was declared by The Economist ‘The Year of the Vegan’.

Right now, the total number of vegans, vegetarians, and all related categories, is close to 14 percent of the world population.

Before we look at the total number of vegans in the world, let’s see their distribution in the US, UK, India, and Australia.

Number Of Vegans in the US 2022

In the US, the number of vegans went up 0.4 percent to almost 3.5 percent in the last two years or so.

According to the ‘Vegetarianism in America’ study published by Vegetarian Times Magazine, the percentage of vegans in the US is rising fast.

Vegetarians in the US
7.3 million Americans are vegetarians.

Right now, there are about 5%, equal to 15.5 million people in the US following a vegetarian-based diet, according to the Statista Global Consumer Survey on diets and nutrition in the U.S. in 2022.

However, only 2 million of them – that’s approximately 0.5 percent – lead a purely vegan lifestyle.

Number of Vegans in the UK 2021

Similarly, the number of vegans in the U.K. has quadrupled over the last five years.

According to the ‘The Food & You’ survey run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the National Centre for Social Science Research, there were 150,000 vegans in 2014.

Vegan Stats
The number of searches for the ‘veganism’ topic in the UK over the last five years.

Right now, there are around 720,000 vegans in the U.K., counting as almost 1.2 percent of the country’s total population.

Number of Vegans In India

According to a UN FAO report, India has the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world, thanks to its religion (Hinduism).

With a total population of 1.2 billion people, the Hindus make for the majority at nearly 44 percent.

Vegan Stats
Indian vegetarians (percentage distribution) according to the National Family Health Survey of 2019.

As such, there were around 500 million vegetarians in India in 2020.

However, only 1 percent of Hindus are strict vegans, so the total number of vegans in India is approx 5 million.

Number of Vegans In Australia

According to an ‘ABC Australia Talks’ National Survey, only 1 percent of Australians identify as vegans.

Of the total number of 25,788 people who participated in the survey, 3 percent stated they were vegetarian.

Vegan Stats
Only 1 percent of Australians are vegans, according to a 2019 study by ABC Radio.

However, an overwhelming 89 percent of the national survey’s respondents said they were meat-eaters.

Other Countries With Large Numbers of Vegans

To understand Bette the vegan population growth, we must look at how vegans spread across other ‘representative’ countries.

The following figures were compiled from local reports and studies and include both diet and ethical vegans.

  • Austria in 2013 – according to a report conducted by the Kurier, there were 0.5 percent estimated vegans.
  • Canada 2018 – a Canadian survey has estimated that 2.1 percent of Canadian adults consider themselves vegans.
  • Germany 2016 – a study run by the German Nutrition Society has estimated that almost 1 percent of the population (a bit over 810,000) were vegans.
  • Israel 2015 – according to a survey conducted by Globes and Israel’s Channel 2 News, 5 percent of Israelis were following a vegan lifestyle.
  • Italy 2016 – According to the Italian Research Institute, Eurispes, 1 percent of the Italian population was vegan that year. Since then, the number has decreased.
  • Sweden 2014 – A poll run by Demoskop showed that 4 percent of respondents were vegan.
  • Switzerland 2017 – according to research run by DemoSCOPE, 3 percent of the population was estimated to be vegan.

Number of Vegans In The World 2022

Based on the above figures – adjusted with the speed of growth and other comparative statistics – the approximate number of vegans in the world is less than 1 percent of the world population.

Based on the most recent United Nations estimates, the world population in 2022 will be 8.0 billion.

Therefore, the total number of vegans in the world in 2022 will be approx 80 million.

Are Vegans Taking Over?

Current data shows that the number of vegans continues to rise at an accelerated rate.

veganism adverts in London underground

  • The number of vegans in the U.S. grew by 600 percent, from 4 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2018.
  • Between 2011 and 2016, Italy had the fastest-growing vegan population, with a growth of 94.4 percent.
  • According to Google Trends, the U.K. was the country most interested in ‘veganism’ in 2019, followed by Australia and New Zealand.

However, to take over the world, the vegan growth we’ve seen over the last four-five years will have to continue for at least three decades.

Different Kinds of Vegans?

In simple terms, a vegan is a person that abstains from using any animal-based products.

But, the advent of veganism into fashion has split vegans into:

Vegans by DIET vs Vegans by LIFESTYLE

Vegan Fashion Week
Vegan Fashion Week catwalk, 2019.

Vegans by diet are also known as dietary vegans or strict vegetarians.

Their main concern is avoiding animal-derived products, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, from their diet.

Lifestyle vegans are also known as ethical vegans or moral vegetarians.

They extend the vegan philosophy beyond diets into as many as possible areas of their lives.

Vegan fashion, in particular, has become very important to this segment of vegans.

Vegan Statistics FAQs

What percentage of the world’s population will be vegan in 2022?

1% of the world’s population is vegan. Therefore, the total number of vegans in the world in 2022 will be approx 8.0 million.

Is the number of vegans increasing?

The data shows that the number of vegans continues to rise at an accelerated rate. The number of vegans in the U.S. grew by 600 percent between 2014 to 2018. Similarly, Italy’s vegan population grew 94.4% from 2011 to 2016. UK, Australia, and New Zealand show the same pattern.

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Regardless of classification criteria, reasons, or types, the number of vegans in the world is on the rise.

We see significant pro-veganism movements in Western countries, Eastern Europe, Australia, and Israel.

Moreover, as cultures and landscapes change for the better, veganism has started to gain momentum in Latin America, Asia, and Africa as well.

Finally, if the movement maintains the current rate of growth, over the next ten years, at least 1 in 10 people will be vegan.

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