Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

113

People Groups Unreached

35 (31.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

107,379,000

Population in Unreached

22,255,000 (20.7%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

59.7%

% Evangelical

17.18%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Aari 439,000 439,000 Aari Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Afar 1,934,000 2,654,000 Afar Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 38 
 Americans, U.S. 1,700 190,729,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 30,104,000 30,518,000 Amharic Christianity 84.50 % 1.10 % -
Anfillo 5,200 5,200 Anfillo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Anuak, Yambo 135,000 238,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.50 % -
 Arab 1,500 407,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 16,000 19,381,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,500 7,205,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 %
 Argobba 213,000 213,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.50 %
 Armenian 600 6,218,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 964,000 964,000 Awngi Christianity 99.50 % 0.20 % -
Baiso 8,300 8,300 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.00 % -
 Basketo 119,000 119,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.00 % -
Begi-Mao 31,000 31,000 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Bench 533,000 533,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.70 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 316,000 544,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 1.50 %
Birale 100 100 Ongota Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 British 1,600 52,418,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 109,000 139,000 Burji Christianity 72.00 % 38.00 % -
Bussa, Dobase 30,000 30,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.50 % -
Chara 20,000 20,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.90 %
 Chinese, general 31,000 12,984,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 73,000 95,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
Daats'iin 300 300 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Dawuro 815,000 815,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.00 % -
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 65.00 % 19.70 % -
Dime 1,300 1,300 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dizi 53,000 53,000 Dizin Christianity 72.00 % 14.50 % -
 Dorze 57,000 57,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 1.00 % -
 French 800 50,070,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,672,000 1,672,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.00 % -
 Ganza 600 4,100 Ganza Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.50 % -
 Garre 11,000 986,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gawwada 104,000 104,000 Ale Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 % -
Gayil 77,000 77,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,477,000 1,477,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 78.00 % -
 Gidole 62,000 62,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 50.70 % -
Gofa 549,000 549,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.00 % -
 Greek 800 10,846,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,700 2,357,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 %
 Gumuz 275,000 367,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.00 % -
Gurage, Innemor 306,000 306,000 Inor Christianity 44.00 % 5.80 % -
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 1,620,000 1,620,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Islam 32.00 % 7.00 % -
 Gurage, Soddo 523,000 523,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 7.00 % -
Hadiyya 1,922,000 1,922,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.80 % -
 Halaba 352,000 352,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.50 %
 Hamer-Banna 111,000 111,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %
 Hamir, Xamir 406,000 406,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.00 % -
 Harari, Adere 48,000 48,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.01 %
 Irob, Saho 51,000 245,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.60 % -
 Italian 800 37,471,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 3,500 80,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 Kachama, Haruro 3,900 3,900 Kachama-Ganjule Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 11.60 % -
 Kacipo-Balesi 5,300 11,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,310,000 1,310,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 % -
 Kambata 950,000 950,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 80.00 % -
 Karo, Kerre 2,300 2,300 Karo Ethnic Religions 4.30 % 0.70 %
 Kebena 80,000 80,000 Kambaata Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Kemant, Qimant 239,000 239,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.10 % -
 Kewama 23,000 23,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Komo 14,000 27,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.70 % -
 Konso 379,000 381,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.80 % -
 Koore 238,000 238,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.00 % -
 Kunama 7,400 221,000 Kunama Christianity 85.00 % 5.60 % -
Kunfal 3,200 3,200 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
Kwegu 900 900 Kwegu Christianity 58.00 % 44.00 % -
 Majangir 50,000 50,000 Majang Christianity 94.00 % 73.40 % -
 Male 148,000 148,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.50 % -
 Mao, Northern 23,000 23,000 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 2.60 % -
 Marako 97,000 97,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.30 % -
Me'en, Mekan 227,000 230,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.30 % -
Melo 44,000 44,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 38.00 % -
 Mesqan 219,000 219,000 Mesqan Islam 4.00 % 2.00 %
 Murle 2,200 152,000 Murle Christianity 67.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mursi 11,000 11,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 % -
Nao 15,000 15,000 Nayi Christianity 60.00 % 0.90 % -
 Nuer, Naath 224,000 2,381,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 38,000 53,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 % -
 Opuuo, Shita 2,400 6,500 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.00 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 5,994,000 5,997,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.00 % 3.40 % -
 Oromo, Borana 1,294,000 1,495,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Oromo, Gujji 1,654,000 1,654,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.00 % 49.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,998,000 5,998,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.50 % 0.01 % 119 
 Oromo, Jimma 3,384,000 3,384,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.20 % 67 
 Oromo, Karrayu 318,000 318,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.00 % 0.05 %
 Oromo, Macha 7,197,000 7,297,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.00 % 39.00 % -
 Oromo, Tulama 7,913,000 7,967,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.00 % 13.30 % -
 Oromo, Wallo 349,000 349,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.40 %
 Oromo, Yajju 109,000 109,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.20 %
Oyda 68,000 68,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 60.00 % -
 Russian 800 133,840,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
Seze 14,000 14,000 Seze Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 0.40 % -
 Shabo 900 900 Shabo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 117,000 117,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.00 % 64.00 % -
Sheko 57,000 57,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.00 % -
 Shinasha 94,000 94,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 10.60 % -
 Sidama 4,470,000 4,470,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.00 % 86.00 % -
 Silti 1,416,000 1,416,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.50 % 28 
 Somali 6,946,000 22,923,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 138 
 Surma, Suri 42,000 42,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,794,000 9,489,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.30 % -
Timbaro 149,000 149,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.50 % -
 Toposa 15,000 310,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tsamai 30,000 30,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Turkana 43,000 1,276,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %
Weyto 2,500 2,500 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 1.20 %
 Wolaita 2,538,000 2,538,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.00 % -
Wolane 132,000 132,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 %
Yemma 242,000 242,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.64 % -
 Zay 7,400 7,400 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 % -
 Zayse, Zergulla 27,000 27,000 Zaysete Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.60 %
  Totals:  113 107,379,000       35   59.73 % 17.18 % 450 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 156,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 107,535,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   107,379,000 113 35 31.0 % 22,255,000 20.7 % 0
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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
Aari aiw 1 0 New Testament
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Alaba-K'abeena alw 1 1
Ale gwd 1 0
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete Bible
Anfillo myo 1 0
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Arbore arv 1 1
Argobba agj 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Awngi awn 2 0 Bible Portions
Baiso bsw 1 0
Basketo bst 1 0 New Testament
Bench bcq 1 0 New Testament
Berta wti 1 1
Borna bwo 1 0
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Bussa dox 1 0
Chara cra 1 1
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Daats'iin dtn 1 1
Dawro dwr 1 0 New Testament
Dime dim 1 0
Dirasha gdl 1 0 Bible Portions
Dizin mdx 1 0 Bible Portions
Dorze doz 1 0
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gamo gmv 1 0 New Testament
Ganza gza 1 0
Gayil gyl 1 0
Gedeo drs 1 0 New Testament
Gofa gof 1 0 New Testament
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gumuz guk 1 0 New Testament
Gwama kmq 1 1
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 New Testament
Hamer-Banna amf 1 1 New Testament
Harari har 1 1
Hozo hoz 1 0
Inor ior 1 0
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1
Kafa kbr 1 0 New Testament
Kambaata ktb 3 1 New Testament
Karo kxh 1 1
Kistane gru 1 0
Komo xom 1 0 Bible Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 Complete Bible
Koorete kqy 1 0 New Testament
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Kwegu xwg 1 0
Libido liq 1 0
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 0
Majang mpe 1 0 Bible Portions
Male mdy 1 0 Complete Bible
Me'en mym 1 0 Bible Portions
Melo mfx 1 0
Mesqan mvz 1 1
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Mursi muz 1 0
Nayi noz 1 0
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyangatom nnj 1 0
Ongota bxe 1 1
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 2 Complete Bible
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 Complete Bible
Oromo, West Central gaz 4 2 Complete Bible
Oyda oyd 1 0
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 1 0 Complete Bible
Seze sze 1 0
Shabo sbf 1 1
Shekkacho moy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sheko she 1 0
Sidamo sid 1 0 Complete Bible
Silt'e stv 1 1 Bible Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Suri suq 1 1 Bible Portions
T'apo lgn 1 0
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tsamai tsb 1 1
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Wolane wle 1 1
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0
Yemsa jnj 1 0 Bible Portions
Zay zwa 1 0
Zaysete zay 1 1 Bible Portions
Totals: 98 113 35   14 36 57 82 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.2 %)
59.7 %
Ethnic Religions
5.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
34.5 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.5 %
Orthodox
66.4 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
27.8 %
Roman Catholic
2.2 %
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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Ethiopia Statistics
People Groups 113
Unreached People Groups 35  (31.0%)
Population 107,379,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 22,255,000  (20.7%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 450
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 59.7%
Percent Evangelical 17.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official Language(s) Amharic
Literacy Rate 39%
Estimated Illiterate Population 65,501,000
Persecution Ranking 29 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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