Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

128

People Groups Unreached

37 (28.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

116,989,000

Population in Unreached

34,033,000 (29.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

58.3%

% Evangelical

18.04%

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 486,000 486,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 % -
 Afar 2,008,000 2,587,000 Afar Islam 0.90 % 0.08 % 40
 Alaba 390,000 390,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.40 % 8
 Americans, U.S. 2,200 193,021,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 24,075,000 24,652,000 Amharic Christianity 97.00 % 1.13 % -
 Amhara, Wollo 6,049,000 6,049,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.20 % 121
 Anuak 159,000 283,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.48 % -
 Arab 1,900 704,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 20,000 17,548,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 5,800 7,865,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 % 1
 Argobba 211,000 211,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.40 % 4
 Armenian 700 6,267,000 Armenian, Western Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 950,000 950,000 Awngi Christianity 96.00 % 0.23 % -
Baiso, Gedicho 9,200 9,200 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.04 % -
Banna 45,000 45,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.30 % 1
 Basketo 131,000 131,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.92 % -
 Bench 591,000 591,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 315,000 559,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 6
Birale Unknown Unknown Tsamai Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 0
Bodi 12,000 12,000 Me'en Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.85 % -
 Boro, Shinasha 81,000 81,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 9.60 % -
 British 2,000 54,072,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 120,000 159,000 Burji Islam 42.00 % 38.00 % -
Chara 22,000 22,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.90 % 1
 Chinese, general 39,000 15,472,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 80,000 103,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.00 % 2
Daats'iin 400 400 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Dawro 908,000 908,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.23 % -
 Deaf 1,178,000 48,207,000 Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 60.68 % 18.50 % -
Dime 6,500 6,500 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dirasha 109,000 109,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 55.31 % -
 Dizi 61,000 61,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % -
 Dorze 39,000 39,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 36.00 % -
 French 1,000 50,609,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,852,000 1,852,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 % -
 Ganza 700 4,400 Ganza Islam 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Gawwada, Ale 132,000 132,000 Ale Christianity 55.00 % 45.02 % -
Gayil 72,000 72,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,651,000 1,651,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % -
Girirra 51,000 51,000 Girirra Islam 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gofa 607,000 607,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.02 % -
 Greek 1,000 10,219,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 3,500 3,367,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gumuz, Kamashi 269,000 367,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.11 % -
Gumuz, Mandura-Dibate 189,000 189,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.90 % -
Gurage, Enneqour 128,000 128,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Gurage, Geta / Geto 95,000 95,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 4.30 % -
Gurage, Gumer 110,000 110,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 9.30 % -
Gurage, Indegagn 67,000 67,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 90.00 % 2.80 % -
 Gurage, Inor 230,000 230,000 Inor Islam 40.00 % 7.40 % -
Gurage, Izha 116,000 116,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 2.30 % -
 Gurage, Kistane 185,000 185,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 3.30 % -
Gurage, Muher 120,000 120,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 75.00 % 0.50 % -
 Gurage, West, Chala 159,000 159,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 % -
 Gwama 11,000 11,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hadiyya 2,148,000 2,148,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.83 % -
 Hamar 78,000 78,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.30 % 2
 Harari 52,000 52,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
Hozo 7,800 7,800 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Italian 1,000 37,986,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 4,500 83,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 K'abeena 88,000 88,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 3.00 % 1.07 % 2
 Kachama, Ganjule 4,300 4,300 Kachama-Ganjule Christianity 80.00 % 76.79 % -
 Kafa 1,125,000 1,125,000 Kafa Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
 Kambata 860,000 860,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 79.94 % -
 Karo 2,500 2,500 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % -
 Kemant 222,000 222,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
Komo 14,000 47,000 Komo Islam 5.00 % 2.60 % -
 Konso 431,000 432,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.82 % -
Konta 140,000 140,000 Dawro Christianity 80.00 % 47.10 % -
 Koore 263,000 263,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.17 % -
 Kunama 8,100 164,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.62 % -
Kunfal 4,100 4,100 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
Kwegu 3,300 3,300 Kwegu Ethnic Religions 44.00 % 39.80 % -
 Maaban 4,700 88,000 Mabaan Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.00 % -
 Majang 61,000 61,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 % -
 Male 156,000 156,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.52 % -
 Mao, Northern 3,900 3,900 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Maraqo 132,000 132,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.34 % -
Me'en 253,000 256,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.64 % -
Melo 26,000 26,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 56.20 % -
 Mesqan 420,000 420,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % -
Mosiye 33,000 33,000 Mositacha Christianity 95.00 % 51.49 % -
 Murle 2,500 184,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 18.11 % -
 Mursi 13,000 13,000 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 261,000 1,712,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 42,000 53,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 28.70 % -
 Opo 3,000 9,800 Opo Christianity 60.00 % 46.26 % -
Oromo, Anfillo 600 600 Oromo, West Central Islam 20.00 % 4.50 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 6,469,000 6,472,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 10.00 % 3.80 % -
 Oromo, Bale 2,139,000 2,139,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.50 % 0.07 % 43
 Oromo, Borana 1,429,000 1,718,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.30 % 29
 Oromo, Gabra 53,000 200,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Oromo, Guji 1,826,000 1,826,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 70.00 % 56.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 7,214,000 7,214,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 5.00 % 0.05 % 144
 Oromo, Jima 3,737,000 3,737,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.30 % 75
 Oromo, Kereyu 101,000 101,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 2.50 % 1.50 % 2
 Oromo, Tulema / Selale 8,739,000 8,794,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
 Oromo, Wellega / Mecha 7,949,000 8,056,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 82.00 % 44.40 % -
 Oromo, Yejju 592,000 592,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.40 % 12
Oyda 76,000 76,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 59.85 % -
 Russian 1,000 133,961,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Saho, Irob 54,000 186,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.65 % -
Seze 17,000 17,000 Seze Islam 25.00 % 9.30 % -
 Shabo 500 500 Majang Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shekka 130,000 130,000 Shekkacho Christianity 70.00 % 64.00 % -
 Sheko 61,000 61,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.14 % -
 Sidama 4,961,000 4,961,000 Sidamo Christianity 95.00 % 86.12 % -
 Silt'e 1,573,000 1,573,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.09 % 31
 Somali 7,464,000 24,095,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 149
Somali, Garre 58,000 58,000 Somali Islam 0.26 % 0.26 % 1
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 3,500 7,800 Suri, Kacipo-Bale Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai 47,000 47,000 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.40 % -
Tembaro 165,000 165,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.52 % -
 Tigray, Tigrinya 7,241,000 9,187,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.05 % -
 Toposa 19,000 360,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tsamai 27,000 27,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 % 1
 Turkana 55,000 1,388,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Uduk 26,000 60,000 Uduk Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 % -
 Wolaitta 2,855,000 2,855,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.08 % -
Wolane 121,000 121,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % 2
 Ximre 403,000 403,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % -
Yem 268,000 268,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.65 % -
 Zay 30,000 30,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.65 % -
 Zayse 30,000 30,000 Zayse Christianity 82.00 % 77.67 % -
  Totals:  128 116,989,000         37 58.31 % 18.04 % 691 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 887,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 117,876,000                
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Province 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 117,876,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 247.9 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 661.9 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 177.3 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 98.7 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
116,989,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this 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, Western hyw 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
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
Girirra gii 1 1 Translation Needed
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 Needed
Kafa kbr 1 0 Complete Bible
Kambaata ktb 2 0 New Testament
Karo kxh 1 0 Translation Started
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 Started
Libido liq 1 0 Unspecified
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 1 Translation Started
Mabaan mfz 1 0 Complete Bible
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
Mositacha dox 1 0 Translation Started
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
Opo lgn 1 0 Translation Started
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, Kacipo-Bale koe 1 1 Translation Started
Suri, Tirmaga-Chai suq 1 0 Bible Portions
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tsamai tsb 2 2 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Uduk udu 1 0 New Testament
Wolane wle 1 1 Translation Started
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0 New Testament
Yemsa jnj 1 0 New Testament
Zay zwa 1 0 Translation Started
Zayse zay 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 98 128 37   14 40 58 84 12

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.0 %)
58.3 %
Ethnic Religions
8.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
32.8 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.4 %
Orthodox
64.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
34.4 %
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 128
Unreached People Groups 37  (28.9%)
Population 116,989,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 34,033,000  (29.1%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 58.3%
Percent Evangelical 18.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 691
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 59,664,000
Persecution Ranking 36 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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