Country: Tanzania

Number of People Groups

156

People Groups Unreached

30 (19.2%)

Total Population

54,773,000

Unreached Population

4,972,000 (9.1%)

% Professing Christian

51.5%

% Evangelical

11.51 %

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 53,000 53,000 Alagwa Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Arab 453,000 1,068,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 0.60 %
Assa 600 600 Aasax Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %
 Bemba, Wemba 74,000 4,724,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
Bembe 900 524,000 Bembe Christianity 85.00 % 17.00 %
Bena 1,161,000 1,161,000 Bena Christianity 96.00 % 17.00 %
Bende 50,000 50,000 Bende Islam 45.00 % 1.40 %
Bondei 92,000 92,000 Bondei Islam 32.00 % 10.00 %
 British 8,700 51,663,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Burungi 35,000 35,000 Burunge Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Chagga 1,076,000 1,094,000 Mochi Christianity 93.00 % 15.00 %
Comorian, Maore 16,000 183,000 Comorian, Maore Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Dabida Taita 26,000 342,000 Dawida Christianity 68.00 % 11.00 %
 Datooga, Barabaig 158,000 158,000 Datooga Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 4.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Tanzanian Sign Language Christianity 54.00 % 0.40 %
Dhaiso 9,000 9,000 Dhaiso Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Digo 228,000 590,000 Chidigo Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Doe 62,000 62,000 Doe Islam 20.00 % 4.00 %
Fipa, Fiba 333,000 333,000 Fipa Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
 French 2,500 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Ganda, Luganda 64,000 7,123,000 Ganda Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 German 13,000 64,480,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
Gogo 2,370,000 2,370,000 Gogo Christianity 79.00 % 19.00 %
Goroa, Fiome 92,000 92,000 Gorowa Christianity 65.00 % 10.00 %
 Greek 32,000 10,776,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 463,000 1,688,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Gujarati Creole 78,000 80,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 3.00 % 0.10 %
Gusii 600 2,551,000 Ekegusii Christianity 75.00 % 40.00 %
Gweno 3,500 3,500 Gweno Christianity 95.00 % 13.00 %
Ha 1,772,000 1,772,000 Ha Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 8.00 %
 Hadzabi 1,100 1,100 Hadza Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 96,000 854,476,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 4.00 %
Hangaza 388,000 388,000 Hangaza Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
Haya, Ziba 2,136,000 2,225,000 Haya Christianity 81.00 % 21.00 %
 Hehe 1,326,000 1,326,000 Hehe Christianity 96.00 % 20.00 %
Hima 13,000 3,686,000 Nyankore Christianity 94.00 % 12.00 %
 Hindi 63,000 1,401,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.40 % 0.10 %
Hutu, Rundi 601,000 10,896,000 Rundi Christianity 97.00 % 20.00 %
 Hutu, Rwandese 246,000 10,987,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 17.00 %
Ikizu 89,000 89,000 Ikizu Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 4.00 %
Ikoma, Nata 57,000 57,000 Ikoma-Nata-Isenye Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
Iramba, Nyilamba 753,000 753,000 Nilamba Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 %
 Iraqw, Mbulu 811,000 811,000 Iraqw Ethnic Religions 41.00 % 12.00 %
Isanzu 84,000 84,000 Isanzu Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 %
Jew, Swahili Speaking 400 400 Swahili Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jita 326,000 326,000 Jita Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 %
Kabwa 19,000 19,000 Kabwa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kachchi, Asian 63,000 147,000 Kacchi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Kagulu, Northern Sagara 369,000 369,000 Kagulu Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Kahe 7,000 7,000 Kahe Christianity 94.00 % 12.00 %
 Kalanga 15,000 1,142,000 Kalanga Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Kamba 133,000 4,644,000 Kamba Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Kami 30,000 30,000 Kami Islam 5.00 % 0.70 %
Kara, Regi 222,000 222,000 Kara Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 6.00 %
Kerewe, Kerebe 258,000 258,000 Kerewe Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Kikuyu 44,000 9,279,000 Gikuyu Christianity 88.00 % 15.00 %
Kimbu, Yanzi 202,000 202,000 Kimbu Christianity 75.00 % 13.00 %
Kinga 233,000 233,000 Kinga Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
Kisankasa 12,000 12,000 Kisankasa Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 %
Kisi 32,000 32,000 Kisi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 %
Konongo 132,000 132,000 Konongo Christianity 71.00 % 13.00 %
 Kuria 676,000 977,000 Kuria Christianity 76.00 % 15.00 %
Kutu 116,000 116,000 Kutu Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
Kwaya 181,000 181,000 Kwaya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 %
 Kwere 260,000 260,000 Kwere Islam 22.00 % 8.00 %
 Lambya, Rambia 103,000 183,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 %
Luguru, Ruguru 1,215,000 1,215,000 Luguru Christianity 61.00 % 14.00 %
 Luo 216,000 4,894,000 Dholuo Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 %
 Maasai 365,000 1,390,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 %
 Maasai, Arusha 266,000 266,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 Maasai, Baraguyu 81,000 81,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 7.00 %
Machambe 656,000 656,000 Machame Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Machinga 93,000 93,000 Machinga Islam 13.00 % 2.00 %
Magoma 15,000 15,000 Magoma Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Makonde, Matambwe 1,621,000 2,151,000 Makonde Islam 9.00 % 6.00 %
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 603,000 2,042,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Islam 8.00 % 4.00 %
 Makwe 17,000 53,000 Makwe Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
Malila, Malilia 108,000 108,000 Malila Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Mambwe-Lungu 514,000 1,038,000 Mambwe-Lungu Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 14.00 %
Manda 37,000 37,000 Manda Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 %
Matengo 388,000 391,000 Matengo Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 %
 Matumbi 251,000 251,000 Matumbi Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
Mbugwe 43,000 43,000 Mbugwe Christianity 96.00 % 12.00 %
Mbunga 75,000 75,000 Mbunga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
Mediak 9,400 9,400 Mediak Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
Meru, Rwo 233,000 233,000 Rwa Christianity 94.00 % 18.00 %
Mpoto, Nyasa 82,000 82,000 Mpoto Christianity 90.00 % 13.00 %
 Mwera, Mwela 813,000 813,000 Mwera Islam 31.00 % 9.00 %
 Mwera, Nyasa 9,800 9,800 Mwera Islam 25.00 % 6.00 %
Ndali 388,000 484,000 Ndali Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Ndamba 142,000 142,000 Ndamba Christianity 85.00 % 11.00 %
Ndendeule 177,000 177,000 Ndendeule Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 8.00 %
 Ndengereko 195,000 195,000 Ndengereko Islam 2.00 % 0.70 %
Ndonde, Mawanda 24,000 24,000 Ndonde Hamba Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
Ngindo 569,000 569,000 Ngindo Islam 22.00 % 3.00 %
Ngoni, Magwangara 439,000 1,317,000 Ngoni Christianity 90.00 % 17.00 %
Nguruimi 87,000 87,000 Ngoreme Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 %
Nguu, Nguru 342,000 342,000 Ngulu Islam 15.00 % 4.00 %
Nindi 200 200 Nindi Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 3.00 %
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 1,326,000 1,864,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 91.00 % 19.00 %
Nyambo, Ragwe 666,000 666,000 Nyambo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwanga 225,000 467,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 85.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwezi, Nyanyembe 1,621,000 1,621,000 Nyamwezi Islam 34.00 % 8.00 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 63,000 12,863,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 14.00 %
 Nyankore 19,000 338,000 Nyankore Christianity 87.00 % 14.00 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 400,000 891,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 17.00 %
 Nyika, Tanzania 35,000 35,000 Nyika, Tanzania Islam 10.00 % 0.20 %
Ongamo, Ngasa 7,600 7,600 Ngasa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
Pangwa 161,000 161,000 Pangwa Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Pare, Asu 884,000 884,000 Asu Islam 40.00 % 12.00 %
Pimbwe 75,000 75,000 Pimbwe Christianity 80.00 % 0.05 %
Pogoro, Pogolo 478,000 478,000 Pogolo Christianity 83.00 % 13.00 %
 Portuguese 1,200 15,076,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
 Punjabi 63,000 2,415,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Pygmy, Twa 7,000 391,000 Kinyarwanda Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 %
 Rangi, Irangi 632,000 632,000 Langi Islam 26.00 % 7.00 %
Rombo Unknown Unknown Rombo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Rufiji, Ruihi 518,000 518,000 Rufiji Islam 9.00 % 1.50 %
Rungwa, Runga 47,000 47,000 Rungwa Christianity 74.00 % 0.10 %
Safwa 408,000 408,000 Safwa Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 6.00 %
Sagara 204,000 204,000 Sagala Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 %
 Sandawe, Sandwe 71,000 71,000 Sandawe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Sangu, Sango 194,000 194,000 Sangu Ethnic Religions 47.00 % 12.00 %
 Segeju 18,000 23,000 Segeju Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
Shambala, Sambaa 1,151,000 1,151,000 Shambala Islam 45.00 % 14.00 %
Shirazi 911,000 911,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Soga 5,100 3,532,000 Soga Christianity 86.00 % 11.00 %
 Somali 63,000 19,457,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Suba-Simbiti 139,000 139,000 Suba-Simbiti Christianity 70.00 % 9.00 %
Subi, Sinja 395,000 395,000 Shubi Christianity 92.00 % 18.00 %
 Sukuma 8,963,000 8,963,000 Sukuma Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 12.00 %
Sumbwa 493,000 493,000 Sumbwa Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 5.00 %
 Swahili 2,800 892,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Swahili, Bajuni 22,000 196,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Swahili, Pemba 2,700 2,700 Swahili Islam 0.30 % 0.20 %
 Swahili, Tumbato 79,000 79,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Swahili, Zanzibari 13,000 112,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang 13,000 13,000 Datooga Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 %
 Taveta 6,300 30,000 Taveta Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
 Temi 51,000 51,000 Temi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 %
Tongwe 56,000 56,000 Tongwe Islam 20.00 % 1.10 %
Turu, Nyaturu 983,000 983,000 Nyaturu Christianity 82.00 % 16.00 %
Tutsi 316,000 3,619,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Va-Ma'a 60,000 60,000 Mbugu Islam 10.00 % 3.50 %
 Vidunda 83,000 83,000 Vidunda Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Vinza 26,000 26,000 Vinza Islam 40.00 % 0.10 %
Vunjo 633,000 633,000 Vunjo Christianity 93.00 % 15.00 %
Wanda, Wandia 62,000 62,000 Wanda Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 %
Wanji 47,000 47,000 Vwanji Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 12.00 %
Wungu, Bungu 93,000 93,000 Bungu Christianity 80.00 % 0.00 %
Yao, Christian 86,000 482,000 Yao Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 571,000 3,225,000 Yao Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
Zanaki 160,000 160,000 Zanaki Christianity 80.00 % 19.00 %
 Zaramo, Zalamo 1,162,000 1,162,000 Zaramo Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Zigula 751,000 752,000 Zigula Islam 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Zinza 357,000 357,000 Zinza Christianity 97.00 % 17.00 %
Zyoba 6,200 6,200 Joba Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
  Totals:  156 54,773,000       30   51.46 % 11.51 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 382,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 55,155,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.5 %)
51.5 %
Ethnic Religions
17.4 %
Hinduism
1.0 %
Islam
29.2 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.5 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
8.8 %
Independent
3.5 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
32.3 %
Roman Catholic
55.3 %
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 156
Unreached People Groups 30  (19.2%)
Population 54,773,000
Population in Unreached 4,972,000  (9.1%)
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%
Estimated Illiterate Population 11,502,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 51.5%
Percent Evangelical 11.5%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 36 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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