Country: Afghanistan

Number of People Groups

72

People Groups Unreached

67 (93.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

37,925,000

Population in Unreached

37,906,000 (99.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

0.1%

% Evangelical

0.03%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

0.0%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afghan, Tajik 10,246,000 10,642,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 205
 Afshari 14,000 387,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 % 1
 Aimaq 1,558,000 2,042,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 31
 Americans, U.S. 13,000 191,659,000 English Christianity 84.50 % 30.00 % -
 Ansari 2,400 16,369,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Tajiki 17,000 18,000 Arabic, Tajiki Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.20 % 1
 Arora (Hindu traditions) 1,500 4,039,000 Saraiki Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Baloch, Western 457,000 1,253,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 9
Bania (Muslim traditions) 6,300 6,300 Urdu Islam 0.23 % 0.20 % 1
 Brahmin 3,600 62,164,000 Urdu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 315,000 3,009,000 Brahui Islam 0.10 % 0.10 % 6
 British 1,100 53,604,000 English Christianity 72.00 % 6.00 % -
 Changar 3,000 357,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chitrali, Kho 9,800 36,000 Khowar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Darwazi, Badakhshani 16,000 16,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 380,000 46,968,000 Afghan Sign Language Islam 0.05 % 8
 Garwi, Kohistani 1,900 1,900 Gawri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 German 2,800 66,128,000 German, Standard Christianity 78.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujar (Muslim traditions) 18,000 5,431,000 Gujari Islam 0.03 % 0.03 % 1
 Hazara 3,802,000 4,554,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.03 % 0.03 % 76
 Ishkashimi 3,100 4,700 Ishkashimi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Italian 1,900 38,277,000 Italian Christianity 77.00 % 0.20 % -
 Karakalpak 3,200 790,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 3,200 15,491,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khatri (Sikh traditions) 2,700 301,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kohistani 46,000 70,000 Kohistani, Indus Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Central 263,000 8,167,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 5
 Kyrgyz 1,200 5,355,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 2,200 3,040,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Munji 6,800 6,800 Munji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mussali 3,200 2,592,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Narisati, Arandui 38,000 38,000 Gawar-Bati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Ashkuni 47,000 47,000 Ashkun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani, Grangali 11,000 11,000 Grangali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Kamviri 21,000 21,000 Kamviri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Malakhel 3,200 3,200 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani, Narisati 141,000 183,000 Kati Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 3
Nuristani, Prasuni 9,400 9,400 Prasuni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nuristani, Tregami 4,100 4,100 Tregami Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nuristani, Waigeli 31,000 31,000 Waigali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ormuri 3,200 3,200 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pahlavani 3,600 3,600 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parachi 7,900 7,900 Parachi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 2,300 157,000 Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parya, Laghmani 300 5,900 Parya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashayi, Northeast 90,000 90,000 Pashai, Northeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Pashayi, Northwest 94,000 94,000 Pashai, Northwest Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Pashayi, Southeast 534,000 534,000 Pashai, Southeast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 11
 Pashayi, Southwest 118,000 118,000 Pashai, Southwest Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 2
 Pashtun, Northern 2,687,000 31,997,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 54
 Pashtun, Southern 9,338,000 9,730,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 187
 Persian 647,000 41,265,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.12 % 0.10 % 13
 Punjabi 5,800 2,232,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Punjabi, Western 36,000 103,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.20 % 0.10 % 1
 Qizilbash 292,000 297,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 6
 Romani, Balkan 17,000 1,216,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Romani, Domari 11,000 3,462,000 Domari Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Russian 900 133,914,000 Russian Non-Religious 31.00 % 0.30 % -
Sanglechi 2,700 4,600 Sanglechi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sau 4,700 4,700 Savi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Shughni 44,000 82,000 Shughni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shumashti 1,600 1,600 Shumashti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sindhi 24,000 123,000 Sindhi Islam 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
Tangshuri 16,000 16,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tirahi 5,600 5,600 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turk 10,000 61,304,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen 2,122,000 7,798,000 Turkmen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 42
 Uyghur 4,700 12,299,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % 1
 Uzbek, Southern 4,259,000 4,296,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 85
 Wakhi 20,000 108,000 Wakhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Warduji 7,900 7,900 Warduji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Wotapuri-Katarqalai 3,400 3,400 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  72 37,925,000         67 0.06 % 0.03 % 796 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 117,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 38,042,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Badakhshan 1,273,000
Badghis 665,000
Baghlan 1,223,000
Balkh 1,807,000
Bamyan 598,000
Daykundi 625,000
Farah 680,000
Faryab 1,340,000
Ghazni 1,646,000
Ghor 924,000
Hilmand 1,748,000
Hirat 2,568,000
Jawzjan 726,000
Kabul 6,086,000
Kandahar 1,674,000
Kapisa 591,000
Khost 770,000
Kunar 603,000
Kunduz 1,366,000
Laghman 597,000
Logar 525,000
Nangarhar 2,048,000
Nimroz 222,000
Nuristan 198,000
Paktika 938,000
Paktya 691,000
Panjshir 205,000
Parwan 891,000
Samangan 520,000
Sari Pul 750,000
Takhar 1,037,000
Uruzgan 484,000
Wardak 799,000
Zabul 464,000
Provinces:  34 37,282,000
UN Country Population 38,042,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 284,199,000 749.4 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 758,319,000 1,999.5 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 204,211,000 538.5 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 113,627,000 299.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
37,925,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afghan Sign Language afg 1 1 Translation Needed
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Tajiki Spoken abh 1 1 Translation Needed
Ashkun ask 1 1 Translation Needed
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete Bible
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Dari prs 8 8 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Gawar-Bati gwt 1 1 Translation Needed
Gawri gwc 1 1 New Testament
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Grangali nli 1 1 Unspecified
Gujari gju 1 1 Bible Portions
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Ishkashimi isk 1 1 Unspecified
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kamviri xvi 1 1 Translation Needed
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kati bsh 1 1 Unspecified
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khowar khw 1 1 Unspecified
Kohistani, Indus mvy 1 1 Unspecified
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Munji mnj 1 1 Unspecified
Parachi prc 1 1 Unspecified
Parya paq 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Northeast aee 1 1 Translation Needed
Pashai, Northwest glh 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Southeast psi 1 1 Unspecified
Pashai, Southwest psh 1 1 Translation Needed
Pashto, Northern pbu 2 2 Complete Bible
Pashto, Southern pbt 3 3 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Prasuni prn 1 1 Translation Needed
Punjabi, Eastern pan 3 3 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Western pnb 1 1 New Testament
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sanglechi sgy 1 1 Translation Needed
Saraiki skr 1 1 Bible Portions
Savi sdg 1 1 Unspecified
Shughni sgh 1 1 Bible Portions
Shumashti sts 1 1 Translation Needed
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Tregami trm 1 1 Translation Needed
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 New Testament
Waigali wbk 1 1 Unspecified
Wakhi wbl 1 1 Bible Portions
Warduji wrd 1 1 Translation Needed
Totals: 56 72 67   16 16 28 50 9

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.1 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
99.8 %
Non-Religious
0.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.5 %
Independent
39.0 %
Orthodox
2.2 %
Other Christian
12.1 %
Protestant
17.8 %
Roman Catholic
22.6 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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Afghanistan Statistics
People Groups 72
Unreached People Groups 67  (93.1%)
Population 37,925,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 37,906,000  (99.9%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.1%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 0.0%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 796
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 27%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code AF
Official Language(s) Pashto, SouthernDari
Literacy Rate 32%
Estimated Illiterate Population 25,789,000
Persecution Ranking 2 (1=High to 50=Low OD)