Country: Nepal South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

227

People Groups Unreached

218 (96.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

31,099,000

Population in Unreached

27,651,000 (88.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent *

1.42%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

5.3%
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.
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 *
 Abdul 1,500 87,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Adibasi Janajati 1,300 1,300 Nepali Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ahar 2,400 1,737,000 Awadhi Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Amat 3,500 328,000 Maithili Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ansari 52,000 17,884,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ath Pahariya 7,000 7,000 Athpariya Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Badhai (Hindu traditions) 38,000 7,937,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.15 % 1
 Badhai (Muslim traditions) 2,800 803,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Badhi (Hindu traditions) 45,000 141,000 Nepali Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Baghban (Muslim traditions) 1,100 270,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Baha'i 1,400 28,000 Nepali Other / Small ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bahing 3,300 3,300 Bahing Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bahna (Hindu traditions) 18,000 1,008,000 Maithili Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bairagi (Hindu traditions) 286,000 4,812,000 Nepali Hinduism ☀︎ 0.05 % 6
 Bangali (Hindu traditions) 30,000 118,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.54 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 22,000 5,868,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agrahari 2,700 392,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Kasaundhan 2,400 605,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Khatri 1,100 249,000 Maithili Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Mahur 1,300 1,042,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Rauniar 3,200 162,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania unspecified 128,000 17,328,000 Maithili Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Bantar 65,000 228,000 Maithili Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bantawa 5,300 5,300 Bantawa Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Baramu 9,300 9,300 Nepali Hinduism 0.25 % 1
  Totals:  227 31,099,000         218 1.42 % 0.00 % 690 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 141,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 31,240,000                
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Province Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Bagmati 4,415,000 165 157 95.2 % 3,361,000 76.1 % 8
Bheri 2,037,000 149 142 95.3 % 2,014,000 98.9 % 5
Dhaulagiri 625,000 55 51 92.7 % 611,000 97.8 % 4
Gandaki 1,795,000 123 116 94.3 % 1,430,000 79.7 % 6
Janakpur 3,276,000 158 150 94.9 % 3,020,000 92.2 % 6
Karnali 626,000 48 44 91.7 % 609,000 97.3 % 6
Kosi 2,638,000 171 162 94.7 % 2,182,000 82.7 % 6
Lumbini 3,286,000 172 164 95.3 % 3,227,000 98.2 % 7
Mahakali 1,178,000 93 89 95.7 % 1,171,000 99.4 % 4
Mechi 1,635,000 132 124 93.9 % 1,248,000 76.3 % 4
Narayani 3,373,000 159 152 95.6 % 2,898,000 85.9 % 5
Rapti 1,507,000 104 99 95.2 % 1,498,000 99.4 % 5
Sagarmatha 2,355,000 161 153 95.0 % 2,076,000 88.2 % 6
Seti 1,764,000 117 111 94.9 % 1,756,000 99.5 % 5
Country:   31,099,000 227 218 96.0 % 27,651,000 88.9 % 77
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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
Athpariya aph 1 1 New Testament
Awadhi awa 13 13 Complete Bible
Bahing bhj 1 1 New Testament
Bantawa bap 1 1 New Testament
Bhojpuri bho 23 23 New Testament
Boro (India) brx 1 1 Complete Bible
Bote bmj 1 1 Bible Portions
Chamling rab 1 1 New Testament
Chepang cdm 1 0 New Testament
Danuwar dhw 1 1 Bible Portions
Darai dry 1 1 Bible Portions
Dhimal dhi 1 1 New Testament
Ghale, Southern ghe 1 0 New Testament
Gurung gvr 1 0 New Testament
Hindi hin 2 2 Complete Bible
Humla hut 1 1 Unspecified
Hyolmo scp 2 2 New Testament
Jirel jul 1 1 New Testament
Kaike kzq 1 1 Unspecified
Khaling klr 1 1 Complete Bible
Kulung (Nepal) kle 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurux kru 2 2 Complete Bible
Kyerung kgy 1 1 Unspecified
Lepcha lep 1 1 New Testament
Lhomi lhm 1 1 New Testament
Lhowa loy 1 1 New Testament
Limbu lif 1 1 Complete Bible
Maithili mai 76 75 New Testament
Mewahang, Eastern emg 1 1 New Testament
Nachiring ncd 1 1 Unspecified
Nepalese Sign Language nsp 1 1 Unspecified
Nepali npi 30 29 Complete Bible
Newar new 1 1 Complete Bible
Nubri kte 1 1 Translation Needed
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Rajbanshi rjs 3 2 New Testament
Raji rji 1 1 Unspecified
Sampang rav 1 1 New Testament
Santhali sat 1 0 Complete Bible
Sherpa xsr 3 3 New Testament
Sora srb 1 0 Complete Bible
Sunwar suz 1 1 Complete Bible
Tamang, Eastern taj 1 0 New Testament
Thakali ths 1 1 Unspecified
Thangmi thf 1 1 New Testament
Tharu, Dangaura thl 2 2 New Testament
Thulung tdh 1 1 New Testament
Tibetan, Central bod 1 1 Complete Bible
Tsum ttz 1 1 Unspecified
Urdu urd 27 27 Complete Bible
Walungge ola 1 1 Unspecified
Wayu vay 1 1 Unspecified
Yakkha ybh 1 1 New Testament
Yamphu ybi 1 1 New Testament
Yamphu, Southern lrr 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 55 227 218   29 23 27 49 5
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Nepal Statistics
People Groups 227
Unreached People Groups 218  (96.0%)
Population 31,099,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Population in Unreached 27,651,000  (88.9%)
Primary Religion Hinduism
Percent Christian Adherent 1.4%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 5.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 690
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 20%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, South
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code NP
Official Language(s) NepaliMaithili
Literacy Rate 68%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,952,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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