Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

125

People Groups Unreached

36 (28.8%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

114,025,000

Population in Unreached

33,144,000 (29.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

59.0%

% Evangelical

18.14%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
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 *
 Aari 474,000 474,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 % -
 Afar 1,958,000 2,550,000 Afar Islam 0.90 % 0.08 % 39
 Alaba 381,000 381,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.40 % 8
 Americans, U.S. 2,100 192,805,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 23,480,000 24,044,000 Amharic Christianity 97.00 % 1.13 % -
 Amhara, Wollo 5,899,000 5,899,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.20 % 118
 Anuak 156,000 241,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.48 % -
 Arab 1,900 414,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 20,000 20,106,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 5,700 7,565,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 % 1
 Argobba 206,000 206,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.40 % 4
 Armenian 700 6,637,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 927,000 927,000 Awngi Christianity 96.00 % 0.23 % -
Baiso, Gedicho 8,900 8,900 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.04 % -
Banna 44,000 44,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.30 % 1
 Basketo 128,000 128,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.92 % -
 Bench 577,000 577,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 307,000 545,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 6
Birale Unknown Unknown Tsamai Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 0
Bodi 11,000 11,000 Me'en Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.85 % -
 Boro, Shinasha 79,000 79,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 9.60 % -
 British 1,900 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 117,000 148,000 Burji Christianity 42.00 % 38.04 % -
Chara 22,000 22,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.90 % 1
 Chinese, general 39,000 15,716,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 78,000 99,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.00 % 2
Daats'iin 400 400 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Dawro 886,000 886,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.23 % -
 Deaf 1,149,000 47,601,000 Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 60.68 % 18.50 % -
Dime 6,300 6,300 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dirasha 106,000 106,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 55.31 % -
 Dizi 59,000 59,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % -
 Dorze 38,000 38,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 36.00 % -
 French 900 50,319,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,806,000 1,806,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 % -
 Ganza 700 4,400 Ganza Islam 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Gawwada, Ale 129,000 129,000 Ale Christianity 55.00 % 45.02 % -
Gayil 70,000 70,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,610,000 1,610,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % -
Gofa 592,000 592,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.02 % -
 Greek 900 10,234,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 3,400 2,462,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gumuz, Kamashi 262,000 358,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.11 % -
Gumuz, Mandura-Dibate 185,000 185,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.90 % -
Gurage, Enneqour 125,000 125,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Gurage, Geta / Geto 93,000 93,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 4.30 % -
Gurage, Gumer 107,000 107,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 9.30 % -
Gurage, Indegagn 66,000 66,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 90.00 % 2.80 % -
 Gurage, Inor 224,000 224,000 Inor Islam 40.00 % 7.40 % -
Gurage, Izha 114,000 114,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 2.30 % -
 Gurage, Kistane 180,000 180,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 3.30 % -
Gurage, Muher 117,000 117,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 75.00 % 0.50 % -
 Gurage, West, Chala 155,000 155,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 % -
 Gwama 11,000 11,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hadiyya 2,095,000 2,095,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.83 % -
 Hamar 76,000 76,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.30 % 2
 Harari 51,000 51,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
Hozo 7,600 7,600 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Italian 900 38,270,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 4,400 81,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 K'abeena 86,000 86,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 3.00 % 1.07 % 2
 Kachama, Ganjule 4,200 4,200 Kachama-Ganjule Christianity 80.00 % 76.79 % -
 Kafa 1,097,000 1,097,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 % -
 Kambata 839,000 839,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 79.94 % -
 Karo 2,400 2,400 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % -
 Kemant 217,000 217,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
Komo 14,000 27,000 Komo Islam 5.00 % 2.60 % -
 Konso 421,000 423,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.82 % -
Konta 136,000 136,000 Dawro Christianity 80.00 % 47.10 % -
 Koore 256,000 256,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.17 % -
 Kunama 7,900 161,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.62 % -
Kunfal 4,000 4,000 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
Kwegu 3,200 3,200 Kwegu Ethnic Religions 44.00 % 39.80 % -
 Majang 60,000 60,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 % -
 Male 152,000 152,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.52 % -
 Mao, Northern 3,800 3,800 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Maraqo 128,000 128,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.34 % -
Me'en 247,000 250,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.64 % -
Melo 25,000 25,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 56.20 % -
 Mesqan 410,000 410,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % -
Mosiye 32,000 32,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.49 % -
 Murle 2,400 125,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 18.11 % -
 Mursi 12,000 12,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 % -
Nao 16,000 16,000 Nayi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.90 % -
Negedbeher, Weyto 2,100 2,100 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 0.67 % 1
 Nuer 255,000 2,076,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 41,000 53,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 28.70 % -
 Opo 2,900 6,200 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.26 % -
Oromo, Anfillo 600 600 Oromo, West Central Unknown 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 6,309,000 6,312,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 10.00 % 3.80 % -
Oromo, Bale 2,086,000 2,086,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.50 % 0.07 % 42
 Oromo, Borana 1,394,000 1,605,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.30 % 28
 Oromo, Gabra 51,000 168,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 1
 Oromo, Guji 1,781,000 1,781,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 70.00 % 56.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 7,036,000 7,036,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 5.00 % 0.05 % 141
 Oromo, Jima 3,645,000 3,645,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.30 % 73
 Oromo, Kereyu 99,000 99,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 1.50 % 2
 Oromo, Tulema / Selale 8,523,000 8,578,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
 Oromo, Wellega / Mecha 7,752,000 7,857,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 82.00 % 44.40 % -
 Oromo, Yejju 578,000 578,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.40 % 12
Oyda 74,000 74,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 59.85 % -
 Russian 900 133,971,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Saho, Irob 53,000 183,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.65 % -
Seze 16,000 16,000 Seze Islam 25.00 % 9.30 % -
 Shabo 500 500 Majang Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shekka 127,000 127,000 Shekkacho Christianity 70.00 % 64.00 % -
 Sheko 59,000 59,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.14 % -
 Sidama 4,839,000 4,839,000 Sidamo Christianity 95.00 % 86.12 % -
 Silt'e 1,535,000 1,535,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.09 % 31
 Somali 7,280,000 23,015,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 146
Somali, Garre 57,000 57,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 3,400 8,200 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai 45,000 45,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.40 % -
Tembaro 161,000 161,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.52 % -
 Tigray, Tigrinya 7,062,000 8,978,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.05 % -
 Toposa 19,000 274,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tsamai 27,000 27,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 % 1
 Turkana 53,000 1,344,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Wolaitta 2,785,000 2,785,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.08 % -
Wolane 118,000 118,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % 2
 Ximre 393,000 393,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % -
Yem 262,000 262,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.65 % -
 Zay 29,000 29,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.65 % -
 Zayse 29,000 29,000 Zaysete Christianity 82.00 % 77.67 % -
  Totals:  125 114,025,000         36 59.01 % 18.14 % 676 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 939,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 114,964,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Addis Abeba 4,099,000
Afar 2,158,000
Amhara 25,550,000
Benshangul-Gumaz 1,259,000
Dire Dawa 551,000
Gambela Peoples 512,000
Harari People 291,000
Oromia 42,195,000
Somali 6,829,000
Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples 22,888,000
Tigray 6,332,000
Provinces:  11 112,664,000
UN Country Population 114,964,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 251.7 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 671.7 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 180.9 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 100.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
114,025,000



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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
Aari aiw 1 0 Complete Bible
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Alaba-K'abeena alw 2 2 New Testament
Ale gwd 1 0 Bible Portions
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete Bible
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 Bible Portions
Arbore arv 1 1 Translation Started
Argobba agj 1 1 Translation Started
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Awngi awn 2 0 New Testament
Baiso bsw 1 0 Translation Started
Basketo bst 1 0 New Testament
Bench bcq 1 0 New Testament
Berta wti 1 1 Bible Portions
Borna bwo 1 0 New Testament
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Bussa dox 1 0 Translation Started
Chara cra 1 1 Translation Started
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Daats'iin dtn 1 1 Translation Needed
Dawro dwr 2 0 New Testament
Dime dim 1 0 Translation Started
Dirasha gdl 1 0 Bible Portions
Dizin mdx 1 0 Bible Portions
Dorze doz 1 0 Translation Started
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gamo gmv 1 0 Complete Bible
Ganza gza 1 0 Translation Needed
Gayil gyl 1 0 Translation Started
Gedeo drs 1 0 New Testament
Gofa gof 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gumuz guk 2 0 New Testament
Gwama kmq 1 1 Bible Portions
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 New Testament
Hamer-Banna amf 2 2 New Testament
Harari har 1 1 Bible Portions
Hozo hoz 1 0 Unspecified
Inor ior 1 0 Translation Started
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0 Translation Started
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1 Translation Started
Kafa kbr 1 0 New Testament
Kambaata ktb 2 0 New Testament
Karo kxh 1 0 Translation Needed
Kistane gru 1 0 Bible Portions
Komo xom 1 0 Bible Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 New Testament
Koorete kqy 1 0 New Testament
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Kwegu xwg 1 0 Translation Needed
Libido liq 1 0 Unspecified
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 1 Translation Started
Majang mpe 2 1 New Testament
Male mdy 1 0 Complete Bible
Me'en mym 2 0 Bible Portions
Melo mfx 1 0 New Testament
Mesqan mvz 1 0 Unspecified
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Mursi muz 1 0 Translation Started
Nayi noz 1 0 Translation Started
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyangatom nnj 1 0 Bible Portions
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 6 4 Complete Bible
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 New Testament
Oromo, West Central gaz 5 2 Complete Bible
Oyda oyd 1 0 New Testament
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 7 0 Complete Bible
Seze sze 1 0 Unspecified
Shekkacho moy 1 0 New Testament
Sheko she 1 0 Bible Portions
Sidamo sid 1 0 Complete Bible
Silt'e stv 1 1 Bible Portions
Somali som 2 2 Complete Bible
Suri suq 1 0 Bible Portions
T'apo lgn 1 0 Translation Started
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tsamai tsb 2 2 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Wolane wle 1 1 Unspecified
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0 New Testament
Yemsa jnj 1 0 New Testament
Zay zwa 1 0 Translation Needed
Zaysete zay 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 95 125 36   14 36 57 82 13

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.1 %)
59.0 %
Ethnic Religions
8.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
32.6 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.4 %
Orthodox
64.5 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
34.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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 125
Unreached People Groups 36  (28.8%)
Population 114,025,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 33,144,000  (29.1%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 59.0%
Percent Evangelical 18.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 676
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 21%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official Language(s) Amharic
Literacy Rate 49%
Estimated Illiterate Population 58,153,000
Persecution Ranking 39 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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