Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

123

People Groups Unreached

34 (27.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

111,095,000

Population in Unreached

32,244,000 (29.0%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

59.0%

% Evangelical

18.16%

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 462,000 462,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 % -
 Afar 1,909,000 2,492,000 Afar Islam 0.90 % 0.08 % 38
 Alaba 371,000 371,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.40 % 7
 Americans, U.S. 2,000 191,659,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 22,891,000 23,432,000 Amharic Christianity 97.00 % 1.13 % -
 Amhara, Wollo 5,751,000 5,751,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.20 % 115
 Anuak 152,000 236,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.48 % -
 Arab 1,800 409,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 19,000 19,773,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 5,500 7,164,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 % 1
 Argobba 201,000 201,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.40 % 4
 Armenian 700 6,562,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 904,000 904,000 Awngi Christianity 96.00 % 0.23 % -
Baiso, Gedicho 8,700 8,700 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.04 % -
Banna 43,000 43,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.30 % 1
 Basketo 124,000 124,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.92 % -
 Bench 562,000 562,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 300,000 533,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 6
 Birale 8,000 8,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 % 1
Bodi 11,000 11,000 Me'en Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.85 % -
 Boro, Shinasha 77,000 77,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 9.60 % -
 British 1,900 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 114,000 144,000 Burji Christianity 42.00 % 38.04 % -
Chara 21,000 21,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.90 % 1
 Chinese, general 38,000 15,618,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 76,000 97,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.00 % 2
Daats'in 400 400 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Dawuro 864,000 864,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.23 % -
 Deaf 1,120,000 46,968,000 Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 60.68 % 18.50 % -
Dime 6,100 6,100 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dirasha 104,000 104,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 55.31 % -
 Dizi 58,000 58,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % -
 Dorze 37,000 37,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 36.00 % -
 French 900 50,163,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,761,000 1,761,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 % -
 Ganza 700 4,300 Ganza Islam 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Gawwada, Ale 126,000 126,000 Ale Christianity 55.00 % 45.02 % -
Gayil 68,000 68,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,570,000 1,570,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % -
Gofa 577,000 577,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.02 % -
 Greek 900 10,262,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 3,300 2,347,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gumuz, Kamashi 256,000 350,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.11 % -
Gumuz, Mandura-Dibate 180,000 180,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.90 % -
Gurage, Ennequor 122,000 122,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Gurage, Geta / Geto 91,000 91,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 4.30 % -
Gurage, Gumer 105,000 105,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 9.30 % -
Gurage, Indegagn 64,000 64,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 90.00 % 2.80 % -
Gurage, Inor 219,000 219,000 Inor Islam 40.00 % 7.40 % -
Gurage, Izha 111,000 111,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 2.30 % -
 Gurage, Kistane 176,000 176,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 3.30 % -
Gurage, Muher 114,000 114,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 75.00 % 0.50 % -
 Gurage, West / Chala 151,000 151,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 % -
 Gwama 11,000 11,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hadiyya 2,042,000 2,042,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.83 % -
 Hamer 74,000 74,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.30 % 1
 Harari 49,000 49,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
Hozo 7,400 7,400 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Italian 900 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 4,300 80,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 K'beena 84,000 84,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 3.00 % 1.07 % 2
 Kachama, Ganjule 4,100 4,100 Kachama-Ganjule Christianity 80.00 % 76.79 % -
 Kafa 1,070,000 1,070,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 % -
 Kambata 818,000 818,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 79.94 % -
 Karo 2,300 2,300 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % -
 Kemant 211,000 211,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
Komo 14,000 27,000 Komo Islam 5.00 % 2.60 % -
 Konso 410,000 412,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.82 % -
Konta 133,000 133,000 Dawro Christianity 80.00 % 47.10 % -
 Koorete 250,000 250,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.17 % -
 Kunama 7,700 159,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.62 % -
Kunfal 3,900 3,900 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
Kwegu 3,100 3,100 Kwegu Ethnic Religions 44.00 % 39.80 % -
 Majang 58,000 58,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 % -
 Male 149,000 149,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.52 % -
 Mao, Northern 3,700 3,700 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Maraqo 125,000 125,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.34 % -
Me'en 241,000 244,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.64 % -
Melo 25,000 25,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 56.20 % -
 Mesqan 399,000 399,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % -
Mosiye 31,000 31,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.49 % -
 Murle 2,300 124,000 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 2,000 2,000 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 0.67 % 1
 Nuer 248,000 2,107,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 40,000 52,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 28.70 % -
 Opo 2,800 6,100 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.26 % -
Oromo, Anfillo 600 600 Oromo, West Central Unknown 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 6,151,000 6,154,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 10.00 % 3.80 % -
Oromo, Bale 2,034,000 2,034,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.50 % 0.07 % 41
 Oromo, Borana 1,359,000 1,565,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.30 % 27
 Oromo, Guji 1,737,000 1,737,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 70.00 % 56.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 6,859,000 6,859,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 5.00 % 0.05 % 137
 Oromo, Jima 3,553,000 3,553,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.30 % 71
 Oromo, Karrayu 96,000 96,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 1.50 % 2
 Oromo, Tulema / Selale 8,309,000 8,364,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
 Oromo, Wellega / Mecha 7,558,000 7,660,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 82.00 % 44.40 % -
 Oromo, Yejju 563,000 563,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.40 % 11
Oyda 72,000 72,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 59.85 % -
 Russian 900 134,030,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Saho, Irob 51,000 180,000 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 124,000 124,000 Shekkacho Christianity 70.00 % 64.00 % -
 Sheko 58,000 58,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.14 % -
 Sidama 4,717,000 4,717,000 Sidamo Christianity 95.00 % 86.12 % -
 Silt'e 1,496,000 1,496,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.09 % 30
 Somali 7,097,000 23,117,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 142
Somali, Garre 55,000 55,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 3,300 8,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai 44,000 44,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.40 % -
Tembaro 157,000 157,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.52 % -
 Tigray, Tigrinya 6,885,000 8,719,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.05 % -
 Toposa 18,000 269,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkana 52,000 1,314,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Wolaitta 2,715,000 2,715,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.08 % -
Wolane 115,000 115,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % 2
 Ximre 383,000 383,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % -
Yem 255,000 255,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.65 % -
 Zay 28,000 28,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.65 % -
 Zayse 28,000 28,000 Zaysete Christianity 82.00 % 77.67 % -
  Totals:  123 111,095,000         34 59.05 % 18.16 % 655 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 984,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 112,079,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   111,095,000 123 34 27.6 % 32,244,000 29.0 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 260.3 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 678.6 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 180.9 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 104.7 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
111,095,000
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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 New Testament
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Alaba-K'abeena alw 2 2 Bible Portions
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 Bible Portions
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 Translation Started
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 Unspecified
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 Translation Needed
Gayil gyl 1 0 Translation Started
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 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 Needed
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 5 3 Complete Bible
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 New Testament
Oromo, West Central gaz 5 2 Complete Bible
Oyda oyd 1 0 Translation Started
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 Bible Portions
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 1 1 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Wolane wle 1 1 Translation Needed
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0 New Testament
Yemsa jnj 1 0 Bible Portions
Zay zwa 1 0 Translation Needed
Zaysete zay 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 95 123 34   14 36 57 82 13

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.2 %)
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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  • Church planting agencies in Ethiopia
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  • Christian literature distribution
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  • Christian medical outreaches

Ethiopia Statistics
People Groups 123
Unreached People Groups 34  (27.6%)
Population 111,095,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 32,244,000  (29.0%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 655
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 59.0%
Percent Evangelical 18.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
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 56,659,000
Persecution Ranking 28 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.