Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

112

People Groups Unreached

31 (27.7%)

Total Population

100,687,000

Unreached Population

20,930,000 (20.8%)

% Professing Christian

60.1%

% Evangelical

17.36 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

36 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Aari 417,000 417,000 Aari Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Afar 1,839,000 2,559,000 Afar Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Allaaba 335,000 335,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.50 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,600 188,897,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 Amhara 28,629,000 29,040,000 Amharic Christianity 84.50 % 1.10 %
Anfillo 5,000 5,000 Anfillo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Anuak, Yambo 128,000 230,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.50 %
 Arab 1,400 1,020,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Arab, Sudanese 15,000 19,063,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,300 7,373,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arbore, Erbore 10,000 10,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 %
 Argobba 203,000 203,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.50 %
 Armenian 500 6,323,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
 Awi 917,000 917,000 Awngi Christianity 99.50 % 0.20 %
Baiso 7,900 7,900 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.00 %
Bale 3,900 3,900 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 14.50 %
 Basketo 113,000 113,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.00 %
Begi-Mao 30,000 30,000 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Bench 507,000 507,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.70 %
 Berta, Benishangul 301,000 376,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 1.50 %
Birale 100 100 Ongota Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 British 1,500 51,662,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Burji 103,000 130,000 Burji Christianity 72.00 % 38.00 %
Bussa, Dobase 28,000 28,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.50 %
Chara 19,000 19,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.90 %
 Chinese, general 29,000 8,449,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Daasanach 69,000 89,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Dawro 775,000 775,000 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 50,000 50,000 Dizin Christianity 72.00 % 14.50 %
 Dorze 55,000 55,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 1.00 %
 French 700 49,468,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 %
 Gamo 1,591,000 1,591,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.00 %
 Ganza 500 4,000 Ganza Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.50 %
 Garre 11,000 894,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gawwada 99,000 99,000 Gawwada Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
Gayil 74,000 74,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Gedeo 1,405,000 1,405,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 78.00 %
 Gidole 59,000 59,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 50.70 %
Gofa 522,000 522,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.00 %
 Greek 700 10,771,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,600 1,639,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 %
 Gumuz 261,000 352,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.00 %
Gurage, Innemor 291,000 291,000 Inor Christianity 44.00 % 5.80 %
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 434,000 434,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 64.00 % 8.30 %
 Gurage, Soddo 180,000 180,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 7.00 %
Hadiyya, Hadya 1,828,000 1,828,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.80 %
 Hamer-Banna 106,000 106,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %
 Hamir, Xamir 386,000 386,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.00 %
 Harari, Adere 46,000 46,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.01 %
 Irob, Saho 48,000 254,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.60 %
 Italian 700 38,042,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, Ethiopian, Falasha 3,300 76,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 %
 Kachama, Haruro 3,700 3,700 Kachama-Ganjule Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 11.60 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,246,000 1,246,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 %
 Kambata 904,000 904,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 80.00 %
 Karo, Kerre 2,100 2,100 Karo Ethnic Religions 4.30 % 0.70 %
 Kebena 76,000 76,000 Kambaata Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Kemant, Qimant 227,000 227,000 Qimant Christianity 90.00 % 0.10 %
 Kewama 22,000 22,000 Kwama Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 %
Koma, Central 13,000 26,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.70 %
 Konso 361,000 363,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.80 %
 Koore 226,000 226,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.00 %
 Kunama 7,000 234,000 Kunama Christianity 85.00 % 5.60 %
Kunfal 3,000 3,000 Awngi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 1.00 %
Kwegu 900 900 Kwegu Christianity 58.00 % 44.00 %
 Majangir 47,000 47,000 Majang Christianity 94.00 % 73.40 %
Male 141,000 141,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.50 %
 Mao, Northern 22,000 22,000 Bambassi Islam 4.80 % 2.60 %
 Marako 93,000 93,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.30 %
Me'en, Mekan 216,000 219,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.30 %
Melo 42,000 42,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 38.00 %
 Mesqan 209,000 209,000 Mesqan Islam 36.00 % 4.40 %
 Murle 2,100 150,000 Murle Christianity 67.00 % 18.00 %
 Mursi, Murzu 11,000 11,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 %
Nao 14,000 14,000 Nayi Christianity 60.00 % 0.90 %
 Nuer, Naath 213,000 2,290,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 %
 Nyangatom 36,000 51,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 %
 Opuuo, Shita 2,300 6,300 Opuuo Christianity 60.00 % 46.00 %
 Oromo, Arsi 5,700,000 5,703,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.00 % 3.40 %
 Oromo, Borana 1,231,000 1,418,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Oromo, Gujji 1,573,000 1,573,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.00 % 49.00 %
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,705,000 5,705,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.50 % 0.01 %
 Oromo, Jimma 3,218,000 3,225,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
 Oromo, Karrayu 302,000 302,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.00 % 0.05 %
Oromo, Macha 6,845,000 6,944,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.00 % 39.00 %
 Oromo, Tulama 7,525,000 7,528,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.00 % 13.30 %
Oromo, Wallo 331,000 331,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.40 %
 Oromo, Yajju 104,000 104,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.20 %
Oyda 65,000 65,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 60.00 %
 Russian 700 134,007,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Seze 5,500 5,500 Seze Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 0.40 %
 Shabo 900 900 Shabo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 112,000 112,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.00 % 64.00 %
Sheko 54,000 54,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.00 %
 Shinasha 90,000 90,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 10.60 %
 Sidama 4,251,000 4,251,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.00 % 86.00 %
 Silti 1,346,000 1,346,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
 Somali 6,606,000 19,451,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 %
 Surma, Suri 40,000 40,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Taposa 14,000 297,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,462,000 8,954,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.30 %
Timbaro 142,000 142,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.50 %
 Tsamai 29,000 29,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Turkana 41,000 1,184,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %
Weyto 2,300 2,300 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 1.20 %
 Wolaita 2,414,000 2,414,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.00 %
Wolane 125,000 125,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 %
Yemma 230,000 230,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.64 %
 Zay 7,000 7,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 %
 Zayse, Zergulla 26,000 26,000 Zaysete Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.60 %
  Totals:  112 100,687,000       31   60.15 % 17.36 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 1,166,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 101,853,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.4 %)
60.1 %
Ethnic Religions
5.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
34.0 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.6 %
Orthodox
67.4 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
26.8 %
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 112
Unreached People Groups 31  (27.7%)
Population 100,687,000
Population in Unreached 20,930,000  (20.8%)
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official National Language Amharic
Literacy Rate 36%
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 60.1%
Percent Evangelical 17.4%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 18 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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