Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

94

People Groups Unreached

84 (89.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

89,597,000

Population in Unreached

89,245,000 (99.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

1.67%

% Evangelical

1.20%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

19.6%
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
 Afghan, Tajik 428,000 12,413,000 Dari Islam ☀︎ 0.01 % 0.01 % 9
 Afshari 404,000 420,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Aimaq 252,000 2,310,000 Aimaq Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 296,000 7,242,000 Arabic, Gulf Islam 1.20 % 0.10 % 6
 Arab, Iranian 1,542,000 1,542,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Islam 0.30 % 0.29 % 31
 Armenian 116,000 5,702,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 117,000 941,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 % -
 Astiani 28,000 28,000 Ashtiani Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Aynallu 7,000 7,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 17,674,000 18,104,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 1.80 % 1.60 % 353
 Baharlu 10,000 10,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bakhtiari 1,334,000 1,334,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.20 % 0.20 % 27
 Baloch, Southern 540,000 1,559,000 Balochi, Southern Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 11
 Baloch, Western 802,000 1,384,000 Balochi, Western Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 16
 Bashkardi 9,500 9,500 Bashkardi Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 25,000 701,000 Brahui Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 3,700 54,161,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 3,600 15,947,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf 449,000 50,266,000 Iranian Sign Language Islam 0.51 % 9
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Northwestern 9,400 9,400 Fars, Northwestern Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Southwestern 119,000 119,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 French 11,000 50,635,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gabri, Dari 16,000 16,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Galeshi 2,300 2,300 Gilaki Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  94 89,597,000         84 1.67 % 1.20 % 1,818 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 213,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 89,810,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Alborz 3,019,000
Ardebil 1,414,000
Bushehr 1,294,000
Chahar Mahall and Bakhtiari 1,055,000
East Azarbaijan 4,352,000
Esfahan 5,700,000
Fars 5,399,000
Gilan 2,817,000
Golestan 2,080,000
Hamadan 1,934,000
Hormozgan 1,977,000
Ilam 646,000
Kerman 3,523,000
Kermanshah 2,173,000
Khuzestan 5,244,000
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad 794,000
Kordestan 1,784,000
Lorestan 1,960,000
Markazi 1,591,000
Mazandaran 3,655,000
North Khorasan 961,000
Qazvin 1,418,000
Qom 1,438,000
Razavi Khorasan 7,162,000
Semnan 781,000
Sistan and Baluchestan 3,089,000
South Khorasan 856,000
Tehran 14,768,000
West Azarbaijan 3,634,000
Yazd 1,268,000
Zanjan 1,176,000
Provinces:  31 88,962,000
UN Country Population 89,810,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Unspecified
Alviri-Vidari avd 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Gulf afb 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Mesopotamian acm 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Ashtiani atn 1 1 Unspecified
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 10 10 Complete Bible
Bakhtiari bqi 1 1 Bible Portions
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Bashkardi bsg 1 1 Unspecified
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dari prs 1 1 Complete Bible
Dari, Zoroastrian gbz 1 1 Unspecified
Dezfuli def 1 1 Bible Portions
Dzhidi jpr 1 1 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Fars, Northwestern faz 1 1 Unspecified
Fars, Southwestern fay 1 1 Unspecified
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gazi gzi 1 1 Unspecified
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Gilaki glk 2 2 Bible Portions
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gurani hac 1 1 Bible Portions
Harzani hrz 1 1 Unspecified
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Hulaula huy 1 1 Unspecified
Iranian Sign Language psc 1 1 Bible Portions
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jadgali jdg 1 1 Bible Portions
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 Complete Bible
Karingani kgn 1 1 Unspecified
Kashkay qxq 1 1 Bible Portions
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khalaj klj 1 1 Unspecified
Khorasani Turkish kmz 1 1 Unspecified
Khunsari kfm 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Koroshi ktl 1 1 Unspecified
Kumzari zum 1 1 Translation Needed
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 3 3 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Southern sdh 1 1 Bible Portions
Laki lki 1 1 Bible Portions
Lari lrl 1 1 Unspecified
Lasgerdi lsa 1 1 Translation Needed
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1 Bible Portions
Luri, Southern luz 2 2 Bible Portions
Mazandarani mzn 1 1 Bible Portions
Natanzi ntz 1 1 Translation Needed
Nayini nyq 1 1 Unspecified
Neo-Mandaic mid 1 1 Unspecified
Parsi-Dari prd 1 1 Unspecified
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 2 2 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Rudbari rdb 1 1 Unspecified
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sangisari sgr 1 1 Unspecified
Semnani smy 1 1 Unspecified
Shahmirzadi srz 1 1 Unspecified
Shahrudi shm 1 1 Unspecified
Sivandi siy 1 1 Unspecified
Soi soj 1 1 Translation Needed
Sorkhei sqo 1 1 Translation Needed
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Takestani tks 1 1 Unspecified
Talysh tly 1 1 New Testament
Taromi, Upper tov 1 1 Unspecified
Tat, Muslim ttt 1 1 Bible Portions
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Vafsi vaf 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 80 94 84   28 39 42 58 22
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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Iran. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Iran
  • Christian ministry in Iran
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Iran Statistics
People Groups 94
Unreached People Groups 84  (89.4%)
Population 89,597,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 89,245,000  (99.6%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.7%
Percent Evangelical 1.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,818
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 75%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official Language(s) Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 86%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,544,000
Persecution Ranking 9 (1=Highest) Open Doors
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