Country: Tanzania

Number of People Groups

158

People Groups Unreached

30 (19.0%)

Total Population

54,892,000

Unreached Population

10,890,000 (19.8%)

% Professing Christian

45.4%

% Evangelical

10.24 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

79 %

10/40 Window

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Alagwa 47,000 47,000 Alagwa Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Arab 405,000 1,020,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 0.60 %
Assa 600 600 Aasax Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %
 Bemba, Wemba 66,000 4,716,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
Bembe 800 524,000 Bembe Christianity 85.00 % 17.00 %
Bena 1,039,000 1,039,000 Bena Christianity 96.00 % 17.00 %
Bende 45,000 45,000 Bende Islam 45.00 % 1.40 %
Bondei 82,000 82,000 Bondei Islam 32.00 % 10.00 %
 British 7,800 51,662,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Burungi 32,000 32,000 Burunge Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Chagga, Mochi 962,000 980,000 Mochi Christianity 93.00 % 15.00 %
 Coloured 11,000 6,288,000 English Christianity 75.00 % 10.00 %
Comorian, Maore 15,000 182,000 Comorian, Maore Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Dabida Taita 23,000 339,000 Dawida Christianity 68.00 % 11.00 %
 Datooga, Barabaig 142,000 142,000 Datooga Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 4.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Tanzanian Sign Language Christianity 54.00 % 0.40 %
Dhaiso 8,100 8,100 Dhaiso Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Digo 204,000 566,000 Chidigo Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Doe 55,000 55,000 Doe Islam 20.00 % 4.00 %
Fipa, Fiba 298,000 298,000 Fipa Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
 French 2,300 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Ganda, Luganda 58,000 7,117,000 Ganda Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 German 11,000 64,478,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
Gogo 2,017,000 2,017,000 Gogo Christianity 79.00 % 19.00 %
Goroa, Fiome 83,000 83,000 Gorowa Christianity 65.00 % 10.00 %
 Greek 28,000 10,772,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 414,000 1,639,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Gujarati Creole 70,000 72,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 3.00 % 0.10 %
Gusii 500 2,551,000 Ekegusii Christianity 75.00 % 40.00 %
Gweno 3,200 3,200 Gweno Christianity 95.00 % 13.00 %
Ha 1,585,000 1,585,000 Ha Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 8.00 %
 Hadza 1,000 1,000 Hadza Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 85,000 854,535,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 4.00 %
Hangaza 347,000 347,000 Hangaza Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
Haya, Ziba 1,821,000 1,910,000 Haya Christianity 81.00 % 21.00 %
 Hehe 1,127,000 1,127,000 Hehe Christianity 96.00 % 20.00 %
Hima 11,000 3,684,000 Nyankore Christianity 94.00 % 12.00 %
 Hindi 57,000 1,395,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.40 % 0.10 %
Hutu, Rundi 537,000 10,832,000 Rundi Christianity 97.00 % 20.00 %
 Hutu, Rwandese 221,000 10,962,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 17.00 %
Ikizu 79,000 79,000 Ikizu Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 4.00 %
Ikoma, Nata 51,000 51,000 Ikoma-Nata-Isenye Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
Iramba, Nyilamba 637,000 637,000 Nilamba Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 %
 Iraqw, Mbulu 726,000 726,000 Iraqw Ethnic Religions 41.00 % 12.00 %
Isanzu 75,000 75,000 Isanzu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 %
Jew, Swahili Speaking 400 400 Swahili Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jita 292,000 292,000 Jita Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 %
Kabwa 17,000 17,000 Kabwa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kachchi, Asian 57,000 141,000 Kacchi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Kagulu, Northern Sagara 330,000 330,000 Kagulu Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Kahe 6,200 6,200 Kahe Christianity 94.00 % 12.00 %
 Kalanga 14,000 1,141,000 Kalanga Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Kamba 119,000 4,630,000 Kamba Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Kami 26,000 26,000 Kami Islam 5.00 % 0.70 %
Kara, Regi 199,000 199,000 Kara Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 6.00 %
Kerewe, Kerebe 231,000 231,000 Kerewe Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Kikuyu 40,000 9,275,000 Gikuyu Christianity 88.00 % 15.00 %
Kimbu, Yanzi 180,000 180,000 Kimbu Christianity 75.00 % 13.00 %
Kinga 209,000 209,000 Kinga Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
Kisankasa 11,000 11,000 Kisankasa Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 %
Kisi 28,000 28,000 Kisi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 %
Konongo 118,000 118,000 Konongo Christianity 71.00 % 13.00 %
 Kuria 605,000 906,000 Kuria Christianity 76.00 % 15.00 %
Kutu 104,000 104,000 Kutu Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
Kwaya 162,000 162,000 Kwaya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 %
 Kwere 233,000 233,000 Kwere Islam 22.00 % 8.00 %
 Lambya, Rambia 92,000 172,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 %
Luguru, Ruguru 1,087,000 1,087,000 Luguru Christianity 61.00 % 14.00 %
 Luo 193,000 4,871,000 Dholuo Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 %
 Maasai 326,000 1,351,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 %
 Maasai, Arusha 238,000 238,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 Maasai, Baraguyu 72,000 72,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 7.00 %
Machambe 587,000 587,000 Machame Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Machinga 83,000 83,000 Machinga Islam 13.00 % 2.00 %
Magoma 13,000 13,000 Magoma Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Makonde, Matambwe 1,372,000 1,902,000 Makonde Islam 9.00 % 6.00 %
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 539,000 1,978,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Islam 8.00 % 4.00 %
 Makwe 15,000 51,000 Makwe Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
Malila, Malilia 97,000 97,000 Malila Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Mambwe-Lungu 460,000 984,000 Mambwe-Lungu Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 14.00 %
Manda, Nyasa 33,000 33,000 Manda Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 %
Matengo 347,000 350,000 Matengo Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 %
 Matumbi 224,000 224,000 Matumbi Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
Mbugwe 39,000 39,000 Mbugwe Christianity 96.00 % 12.00 %
Mbunga 67,000 67,000 Mbunga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
Mediak 8,500 8,500 Mediak Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
Meru, Rwo 208,000 208,000 Rwa Christianity 94.00 % 18.00 %
Mpoto, Nyasa 74,000 74,000 Mpoto Christianity 90.00 % 13.00 %
 Mwera, Mwela 727,000 727,000 Mwera Islam 31.00 % 9.00 %
 Mwera, Nyasa 8,800 8,800 Mwera Islam 25.00 % 6.00 %
Ndali 347,000 443,000 Ndali Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Ndamba 127,000 127,000 Ndamba Christianity 85.00 % 11.00 %
Ndendeule 158,000 158,000 Ndendeule Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 8.00 %
 Ndengereko 174,000 174,000 Ndengereko Islam 2.00 % 0.70 %
Ndonde, Mawanda 21,000 21,000 Ndonde Hamba Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
Ngindo 509,000 509,000 Ngindo Islam 22.00 % 3.00 %
Ngoni, Magwangara 393,000 1,271,000 Ngoni Christianity 90.00 % 17.00 %
Nguruimi 78,000 78,000 Ngoreme Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 %
Nguu, Nguru 306,000 306,000 Ngulu Islam 15.00 % 4.00 %
Nindi 100 100 Nindi Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 3.00 %
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 1,127,000 1,665,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 91.00 % 19.00 %
Nyambo, Ragwe 596,000 596,000 Nyambo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwanga 201,000 443,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 85.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwezi, Nyanyembe 1,372,000 1,372,000 Nyamwezi Islam 34.00 % 8.00 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 57,000 12,857,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 14.00 %
 Nyankore 17,000 336,000 Nyankore Christianity 87.00 % 14.00 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 707,000 1,198,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 17.00 %
 Nyika, Tanzania 31,000 31,000 Nyika, Tanzania Islam 10.00 % 0.20 %
Ongamo, Ngasa 6,800 6,800 Ngasa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
Pangwa 144,000 144,000 Pangwa Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Pare, Asu 791,000 791,000 Asu Islam 40.00 % 12.00 %
Pimbwe 67,000 67,000 Pimbwe Christianity 80.00 % 0.05 %
Pogoro, Pogolo 428,000 428,000 Pogolo Christianity 83.00 % 13.00 %
 Portuguese 1,100 15,076,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
 Punjabi 57,000 2,409,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Pygmy, Twa 6,200 390,000 Kinyarwanda Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 %
 Rangi, Irangi 566,000 566,000 Langi Islam 26.00 % 7.00 %
Rombo Unknown Unknown Rombo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Rufiji, Ruihi 463,000 463,000 Rufiji Islam 9.00 % 1.50 %
Rungwa, Runga 42,000 42,000 Rungwa Christianity 74.00 % 0.10 %
Safwa 365,000 365,000 Safwa Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 6.00 %
Sagara 183,000 183,000 Sagala Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 %
 Sandawe, Sandwe 63,000 63,000 Sandawe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Sangu, Sango 173,000 173,000 Sangu Ethnic Religions 47.00 % 12.00 %
 Segeju 16,000 21,000 Segeju Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
Shambala, Sambaa 1,029,000 1,029,000 Shambala Islam 45.00 % 14.00 %
Shirazi 815,000 815,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Soga 4,500 3,532,000 Soga Christianity 86.00 % 11.00 %
 Somali 57,000 19,451,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sonjo 46,000 46,000 Temi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 %
Suba-Simbiti 124,000 124,000 Suba-Simbiti Christianity 70.00 % 9.00 %
Subi, Sinja 354,000 354,000 Shubi Christianity 92.00 % 18.00 %
 Sukuma 7,650,000 7,650,000 Sukuma Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 12.00 %
Sumbwa 441,000 441,000 Sumbwa Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 5.00 %
 Swahili 6,444,000 7,333,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Swahili, Bajuni 20,000 194,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Swahili, Tumbato 70,000 70,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Swahili, Zanzibari 11,000 110,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Swahili-Pemba 2,400 2,400 Swahili Islam 0.30 % 0.20 %
Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang 11,000 11,000 Datooga Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 %
 Taveta 5,700 30,000 Taveta Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
Tongwe 50,000 50,000 Tongwe Islam 20.00 % 1.10 %
Turu, Nyaturu 833,000 833,000 Nyaturu Christianity 82.00 % 16.00 %
Tutsi 283,000 3,586,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Va-Ma'a, Mbugu 54,000 54,000 Mbugu Islam 10.00 % 3.50 %
 Vidunda 74,000 74,000 Vidunda Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Vinza 23,000 23,000 Vinza Islam 40.00 % 0.10 %
Vunjo 566,000 566,000 Vunjo Christianity 93.00 % 15.00 %
Wanda, Wandia 56,000 56,000 Wanda Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 %
Wanji 42,000 42,000 Vwanji Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 12.00 %
Wungu, Bungu 83,000 83,000 Bungu Christianity 80.00 % 0.00 %
Yao, Christian 77,000 473,000 Yao Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 511,000 3,165,000 Yao Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
Zanaki 143,000 143,000 Zanaki Christianity 80.00 % 19.00 %
 Zaramo, Zalamo 1,039,000 1,039,000 Zaramo Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Zigula 672,000 673,000 Zigula Islam 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Zinza 319,000 319,000 Zinza Christianity 97.00 % 17.00 %
Zyoba 5,500 5,500 Joba Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
  Totals:  158 54,892,000       30   45.42 % 10.24 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 263,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 55,155,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.2 %)
45.4 %
Ethnic Religions
15.6 %
Hinduism
0.9 %
Islam
37.3 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
8.7 %
Independent
3.5 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
32.6 %
Roman Catholic
55.1 %
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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Tanzania Statistics
People Groups 158
Unreached People Groups 30  (19.0%)
Population 54,892,000
Population in Unreached 10,890,000  (19.8%)
Urbanization 31%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code TZ
Official National Language Swahili
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 79%
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 45.4%
Percent Evangelical 10.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 36 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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