Country: Tanzania

Number of People Groups

156

People Groups Unreached

30 (19.2%)

Total Population

55,089,000

Population in Unreached

4,997,000 (9.1%)

% Professing Christian

50.7%

% Evangelical

11.37 %

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 455,000 829,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 0.60 %
Assa 600 600 Aasax Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %
 Bemba, Wemba 5,000 4,990,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
Bembe 900 524,000 Bembe Christianity 85.00 % 17.00 %
 Bena 1,167,000 1,167,000 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 51,653,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Burungi 35,000 35,000 Burunge Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Chagga 1,081,000 1,099,000 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 159,000 159,000 Datooga Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 4.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Tanzanian Sign Language Christianity 54.00 % 0.40 %
Dhaiso 9,100 9,100 Dhaiso Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Digo 229,000 591,000 Chidigo Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Doe 62,000 62,000 Doe Islam 20.00 % 4.00 %
Fipa, Fiba 335,000 335,000 Fipa Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
 French 2,500 49,462,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Ganda, Luganda 55,000 7,114,000 Ganda Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 German 13,000 64,480,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
Gogo 2,381,000 2,381,000 Gogo Christianity 79.00 % 19.00 %
Goroa, Fiome 93,000 93,000 Gorowa Christianity 65.00 % 10.00 %
 Greek 32,000 10,778,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 465,000 1,712,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Gujarati Creole 79,000 81,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 3.00 % 0.10 %
Gusii 600 2,551,000 Ekegusii Christianity 75.00 % 40.00 %
Gweno 3,600 3,600 Gweno Christianity 95.00 % 13.00 %
Ha 1,781,000 1,781,000 Ha Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 8.00 %
 Hadzabi 1,100 1,100 Hadza Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 96,000 854,496,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 4.00 %
Hangaza 390,000 390,000 Hangaza Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
Haya, Ziba 2,147,000 2,236,000 Haya Christianity 81.00 % 21.00 %
 Hehe 1,333,000 1,333,000 Hehe Christianity 96.00 % 20.00 %
Hima 13,000 3,686,000 Nyankore Christianity 94.00 % 12.00 %
 Hindi 64,000 1,413,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.40 % 0.10 %
Hutu, Rundi 604,000 10,899,000 Rundi Christianity 97.00 % 20.00 %
 Hutu, Rwandese 48,000 10,789,000 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 756,000 756,000 Nilamba Christianity 55.00 % 11.00 %
 Iraqw, Mbulu 815,000 815,000 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 328,000 328,000 Jita Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 %
Kabwa 19,000 19,000 Kabwa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kachchi, Asian 64,000 148,000 Kacchi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Kagulu, Northern Sagara 371,000 371,000 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 134,000 4,645,000 Kamba Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Kami 30,000 30,000 Kami Islam 5.00 % 0.70 %
Kara, Regi 223,000 223,000 Kara Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 6.00 %
Kerewe, Kerebe 260,000 260,000 Kerewe Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Kikuyu 25,000 9,260,000 Gikuyu Christianity 88.00 % 15.00 %
Kimbu, Yanzi 203,000 203,000 Kimbu Christianity 75.00 % 13.00 %
Kinga 234,000 234,000 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 680,000 981,000 Kuria Christianity 76.00 % 15.00 %
Kutu 117,000 117,000 Kutu Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
Kwaya 182,000 182,000 Kwaya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 %
 Kwere 261,000 261,000 Kwere Islam 22.00 % 8.00 %
 Lambya, Rambia 104,000 189,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 %
Luguru, Ruguru 1,221,000 1,221,000 Luguru Christianity 61.00 % 14.00 %
 Luo 217,000 4,895,000 Dholuo Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 %
 Maasai 366,000 1,391,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 10.00 %
 Maasai, Arusha 267,000 267,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 Maasai, Baraguyu 673,000 673,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 7.00 %
Machambe 660,000 660,000 Machame Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Machinga 94,000 94,000 Machinga Islam 13.00 % 2.00 %
Magoma 15,000 15,000 Magoma Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Makonde 1,629,000 2,146,000 Makonde Islam 9.00 % 6.00 %
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 606,000 1,764,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Islam 8.00 % 4.00 %
 Makwe 17,000 66,000 Makwe Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
Malila, Malilia 109,000 109,000 Malila Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Mambwe-Lungu 517,000 868,000 Mambwe-Lungu Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 14.00 %
Manda 38,000 38,000 Manda Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 %
Matengo 389,000 393,000 Matengo Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 %
 Matumbi 252,000 252,000 Matumbi Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
Mbugwe 44,000 44,000 Mbugwe Christianity 96.00 % 12.00 %
Mbunga 75,000 75,000 Mbunga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
Mediak 9,500 9,500 Mediak Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
Meru, Rwo 234,000 234,000 Rwa Christianity 94.00 % 18.00 %
Mpoto, Nyasa 83,000 83,000 Mpoto Christianity 90.00 % 13.00 %
 Mwera, Mwela 817,000 817,000 Mwera Islam 31.00 % 9.00 %
 Mwera, Nyasa 9,900 9,900 Mwera Islam 25.00 % 6.00 %
Ndali 390,000 486,000 Ndali Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Ndamba 143,000 143,000 Ndamba Christianity 85.00 % 11.00 %
Ndendeule 178,000 178,000 Ndendeule Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 8.00 %
 Ndengereko 196,000 196,000 Ndengereko Islam 2.00 % 0.70 %
Ndonde 24,000 24,000 Ndonde Hamba Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
Ngindo 572,000 572,000 Ngindo Islam 22.00 % 3.00 %
Ngoni, Magwangara 441,000 636,000 Ngoni Christianity 90.00 % 17.00 %
Nguruimi 87,000 87,000 Ngoreme Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 %
Nguu, Nguru 343,000 343,000 Ngulu Islam 15.00 % 4.00 %
Nindi 200 200 Nindi Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 3.00 %
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 1,333,000 1,518,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 91.00 % 19.00 %
Nyambo, Ragwe 670,000 670,000 Nyambo Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwanga 226,000 455,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 85.00 % 12.00 %
 Nyamwezi, Nyanyembe 1,629,000 1,629,000 Nyamwezi Islam 34.00 % 8.00 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 44,000 13,940,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 14.00 %
 Nyankore 19,000 338,000 Nyankore Christianity 87.00 % 14.00 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 402,000 1,095,000 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 162,000 162,000 Pangwa Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Pare, Asu 889,000 889,000 Asu Islam 40.00 % 12.00 %
Pimbwe 75,000 75,000 Pimbwe Christianity 80.00 % 0.05 %
Pogoro, Pogolo 480,000 480,000 Pogolo Christianity 83.00 % 13.00 %
 Portuguese 1,200 17,271,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
 Punjabi 64,000 2,416,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Rangi, Irangi 635,000 635,000 Langi Islam 26.00 % 7.00 %
Rombo Unknown Unknown Rombo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Rufiji, Ruihi 520,000 520,000 Rufiji Islam 9.00 % 1.50 %
Rungwa, Runga 47,000 47,000 Rungwa Christianity 74.00 % 0.10 %
Safwa 410,000 410,000 Safwa Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 6.00 %
Sagara 205,000 205,000 Sagala Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 %
 Sandawe, Sandwe 71,000 71,000 Sandawe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
Sangu, Sango 195,000 195,000 Sangu Ethnic Religions 47.00 % 12.00 %
 Segeju 18,000 23,000 Segeju Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
Shambala, Sambaa 1,156,000 1,156,000 Shambala Islam 45.00 % 14.00 %
Shirazi 916,000 916,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Soga 5,100 3,532,000 Soga Christianity 86.00 % 11.00 %
 Somali 64,000 19,609,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Suba-Simbiti 139,000 139,000 Suba-Simbiti Christianity 70.00 % 9.00 %
Subi, Sinja 397,000 397,000 Shubi Christianity 92.00 % 18.00 %
 Sukuma 9,008,000 9,008,000 Sukuma Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 12.00 %
Sumbwa 496,000 496,000 Sumbwa Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 5.00 %
 Swahili 2,800 909,000 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 6,400 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 988,000 988,000 Nyaturu Christianity 82.00 % 16.00 %
Tutsi 88,000 3,391,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 18.00 %
 Va-Ma'a 61,000 61,000 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 636,000 636,000 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 86,000 495,000 Yao Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 574,000 2,642,000 Yao Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
Zanaki 161,000 161,000 Zanaki Christianity 80.00 % 19.00 %
 Zaramo, Zalamo 1,168,000 1,168,000 Zaramo Islam 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Zigua 754,000 755,000 Zigula Islam 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Zinza 358,000 358,000 Zinza Christianity 97.00 % 17.00 %
Zyoba 6,200 6,200 Joba Christianity 90.00 % 14.00 %
  Totals:  156 55,089,000       30   50.74 % 11.37 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 66,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 55,155,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.4 %)
50.7 %
Ethnic Religions
18.1 %
Hinduism
1.0 %
Islam
29.2 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.5 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
8.9 %
Independent
3.3 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
32.2 %
Roman Catholic
55.5 %
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 55,089,000
Population in Unreached 4,997,000  (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 11,569,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 50.7%
Percent Evangelical 11.4%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 36 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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