Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

123

People Groups Unreached

34 (27.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

106,623,000

Population in Unreached

30,946,000 (29.0%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

59.0%

% Evangelical

18.15%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Aari 443,000 443,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 % -
 Afar 1,832,000 2,545,000 Afar Islam 0.90 % 0.08 % 37
 Alaba 356,000 356,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.40 % 7
 Americans, U.S. 2,000 190,343,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 21,969,000 22,382,000 Amharic Christianity 97.00 % 1.13 % -
 Amhara, Wollo 5,520,000 5,520,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.20 % 110
 Anuak 146,000 248,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.48 % -
 Arab 1,800 404,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 18,000 19,203,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 5,300 7,135,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arbore 10,000 10,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 % 1
 Argobba 192,000 192,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.40 % 4
 Armenian 700 6,194,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 867,000 867,000 Awngi Christianity 96.00 % 0.23 % -
Baiso, Gedicho 8,400 8,400 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.04 % -
Banna 41,000 41,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.30 % 1
 Basketo 119,000 119,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.92 % -
 Bench 540,000 540,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 287,000 512,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 6
 Birale 7,600 7,600 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 % 1
Bodi 11,000 11,000 Me'en Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.85 % -
 Boro, Shinasha 74,000 74,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 9.60 % -
 British 1,800 52,309,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 110,000 139,000 Burji Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 38.04 % -
Chara 20,000 20,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.90 % 1
 Chinese, general 36,000 12,933,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 73,000 95,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.00 % 1
Daats'in 400 400 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Dawro 829,000 829,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.23 % -
 Deaf 1,075,000 46,464,000 Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 60.68 % 18.50 % -
Dime 5,900 5,900 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dirasha 100,000 100,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 55.31 % -
 Dizi 56,000 56,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % -
 Dorze 36,000 36,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 36.00 % -
 French 900 50,089,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,690,000 1,690,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 % -
 Ganza 700 4,200 Ganza Islam 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Gawwada, Ale 121,000 121,000 Ale Christianity 55.00 % 45.02 % -
Gayil 66,000 66,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,506,000 1,506,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % -
Gofa 554,000 554,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.02 % -
 Greek 900 10,823,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 3,200 2,339,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gumuz, Kamashi 245,000 336,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.11 % -
Gumuz, Mandura-Dibate 173,000 173,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.90 % -
Gurage, Ennequor 117,000 117,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Gurage, Geta / Geto 87,000 87,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 4.30 % -
Gurage, Gumer 100,000 100,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 9.30 % -
Gurage, Indegagn 62,000 62,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 90.00 % 2.80 % -
Gurage, Inor 210,000 210,000 Inor Islam 40.00 % 7.40 % -
Gurage, Izha 106,000 106,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 2.30 % -
 Gurage, Kistane 169,000 169,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 3.30 % -
Gurage, Muher 110,000 110,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 75.00 % 0.50 % -
 Gurage, West / Chala 145,000 145,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 % -
 Gwama 10,000 10,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hadiyya 1,960,000 1,960,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.83 % -
 Hamer 71,000 71,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.30 % 1
 Harari 47,000 47,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
Hozo 7,100 7,100 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Italian 900 37,599,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 4,100 79,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 K'beena 80,000 80,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 3.00 % 1.07 % 2
 Kachama, Ganjule 3,900 3,900 Kachama-Ganjule Christianity 80.00 % 76.79 % -
 Kafa 1,027,000 1,027,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 % -
Kambata 785,000 785,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 79.94 % -
 Karo 2,200 2,200 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % -
 Kemant 203,000 203,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
Komo 13,000 26,000 Komo Islam 5.00 % 2.60 % -
 Konso 394,000 396,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.82 % -
Konta 128,000 128,000 Dawro Christianity 80.00 % 47.10 % -
 Koorete 240,000 240,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.17 % -
 Kunama 7,400 219,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.62 % -
Kunfal 3,700 3,700 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
Kwegu 3,000 3,000 Kwegu Ethnic Religions 44.00 % 39.80 % -
 Majang 56,000 56,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 % -
 Male 143,000 143,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.52 % -
 Mao, Northern 3,500 3,500 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Maraqo 120,000 120,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.34 % -
Me'en 231,000 234,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.64 % -
Melo 24,000 24,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 56.20 % -
 Mesqan 383,000 383,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % -
Mosiye 30,000 30,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.49 % -
 Murle 2,200 150,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 18.11 % -
 Mursi 11,000 11,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 % -
Nao 15,000 15,000 Nayi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.90 % -
Negedbeher, Weyto 1,900 1,900 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 0.67 % 1
 Nuer 238,000 2,373,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 39,000 54,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 28.70 % -
 Opo 2,700 6,700 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.26 % -
Oromo, Anfillo 600 600 Oromo, West Central Unknown 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 5,903,000 5,906,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 10.00 % 3.80 % -
Oromo, Bale 1,952,000 1,952,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.50 % 0.07 % 39
 Oromo, Borana 1,304,000 1,504,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.30 % 26
 Oromo, Guji 1,667,000 1,667,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 70.00 % 56.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 6,583,000 6,583,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 5.00 % 0.05 % 132
 Oromo, Jima 3,410,000 3,410,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.30 % 68
 Oromo, Karrayu 92,000 92,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 1.50 % 2
 Oromo, Tulema / Selale 7,975,000 8,029,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
 Oromo, Wellega / Mecha 7,253,000 7,352,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 82.00 % 44.40 % -
 Oromo, Yejju 541,000 541,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.40 % 11
Oyda 69,000 69,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 59.85 % -
 Russian 900 133,523,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Saho, Irob 49,000 241,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.65 % -
Seze 15,000 15,000 Seze Islam 25.00 % 9.30 % -
 Shabo 500 500 Majang Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shekka 119,000 119,000 Shekkacho Christianity 70.00 % 64.00 % -
 Sheko 55,000 55,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.14 % -
 Sidama 4,528,000 4,528,000 Sidamo Christianity 95.00 % 86.12 % -
 Silt'e 1,436,000 1,436,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.09 % 29
 Somali 6,812,000 22,545,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 136
Somali, Garre 53,000 53,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 3,200 8,900 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai 43,000 43,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.40 % -
Tembaro 151,000 151,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.52 % -
 Tigray, Tigrinya 6,608,000 9,276,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.05 % -
 Toposa 18,000 310,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkana 50,000 1,273,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Wolaitta 2,605,000 2,605,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.08 % -
Wolane 110,000 110,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % 2
 Ximre 368,000 368,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % -
Yem 245,000 245,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.65 % -
 Zay 27,000 27,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.65 % -
 Zayse 27,000 27,000 Zaysete Christianity 82.00 % 77.67 % -
  Totals:  123 106,623,000       34   59.05 % 18.15 % 630 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 912,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 107,535,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   106,623,000 123 34 27.6 % 30,946,000 29.0 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 283,870,000 266.2 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 740,250,000 694.3 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.4 % 0.2 % 2.7 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 209,733,000 196.7 % 93.7 % 0.0 % 1.9 % 3.1 % 1.4 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,254,000 107.2 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.3 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
106,623,000
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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 Needed
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 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 Translation Needed
Inor ior 1 0 Translation Needed
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 Translation Started
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 Translation Started
Mesqan mvz 1 0 Translation Started
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Mursi muz 1 0 Translation Needed
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 Translation Started
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 Bible Portions
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

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.2 %)
59.0 %
Ethnic Religions
8.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
32.5 %
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 123
Unreached People Groups 34  (27.6%)
Population 106,623,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 30,946,000  (29.0%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 630
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 59.0%
Percent Evangelical 18.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 20%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official Language(s) Amharic
Literacy Rate 49%
Estimated Illiterate Population 54,378,000
Persecution Ranking 28 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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