Country: Zimbabwe

Number of People Groups

41

People Groups Unreached

2 (4.9%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

14,266,000

Population in Unreached

24,000 (0.2%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

76.8%

% Evangelical

25.22%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
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 *
 Afrikaner 93,000 4,430,000 Afrikaans Christianity 96.00 % 30.00 % -
 Bemba 33,000 5,492,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 % -
Birwa 116,000 146,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 7,300 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Deaf 144,000 47,601,000 Zimbabwe Sign Language Christianity 77.99 % -
 Doma, Vadoma 18,000 18,000 Shona Ethnic Religions 0.30 % 0.30 % 1
Dombe 6,800 6,800 Dombe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
 Greek 7,800 10,235,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 30,000 2,453,000 Gujarati Hinduism 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 1,500 882,277,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Kalanga 213,000 378,000 Kalanga Christianity 68.00 % 17.00 % -
Kunda 182,000 252,000 Kunda Christianity 55.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lembaa 99,000 1,470,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 5.00 % -
 Lozi 145,000 1,362,000 Lozi Christianity 91.00 % 18.00 % -
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 17,000 1,906,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 0.50 % -
Manyika 439,000 592,000 Manyika Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Marathi 6,600 71,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Nambya 113,000 132,000 Nambya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ndau 1,026,000 1,791,000 Ndau Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.20 % -
 Ndebele, Tabele 1,772,000 1,806,000 Ndebele Christianity 79.00 % 27.00 % -
 Nsenga 52,000 1,017,000 Nsenga Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 % -
 Nyanja 439,000 12,490,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Nyungwe 33,000 434,000 Nyungwe Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 8.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 182,000 5,475,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Portuguese 17,000 19,277,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena 149,000 2,275,000 Sena Christianity 82.00 % 10.00 % -
 Shona 959,000 1,199,000 Shona Christianity 82.75 % 36.00 % -
 Shona-Karanga 3,384,000 3,389,000 Shona Christianity 85.00 % 34.00 % -
 Shona-Korekore 1,268,000 1,268,000 Shona Christianity 74.00 % 14.00 % -
 Shona-Zezuru 2,414,000 2,460,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 35.00 % -
 Swazi 83,000 2,512,000 Swati Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Tawara 46,000 161,000 Tawara Christianity 59.00 % 4.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 268,000 2,701,000 Tonga Christianity 63.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tshara-Tshao 4,400 6,800 Tshuwau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Tsonga 134,000 7,133,000 Tsonga Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 % -
Tswa, Hlengwe 3,800 1,092,000 Tswa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Tswana 94,000 387,000 Setswana Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Tawana 33,000 174,000 Setswana Christianity 68.00 % 12.00 % -
 Tumbuka 16,000 3,274,000 Tumbuka Christianity 89.00 % 5.00 % -
 Xhosa 33,000 8,488,000 Xhosa Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 % -
 Zulu 185,000 13,935,000 Zulu Christianity 85.00 % 22.00 % -
  Totals:  41 14,266,000         2 76.83 % 25.22 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 597,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 14,863,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Bulawayo 728,000
Harare 2,367,000
Manicaland 1,955,000
Mashonaland Central 1,286,000
Mashonaland East 1,500,000
Mashonaland West 1,675,000
Masvingo 1,656,000
Matabeleland North 835,000
Matabeleland South 763,000
Midlands 1,801,000
Provinces:  10 14,566,000
UN Country Population 14,863,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,718,000 2,016.8 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 5,369.2 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 1,442.1 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,521,000 802.8 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
14,266,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Bemba bem 1 0 Complete Bible
Birwa brl 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dombe dov 1 0 Translation Needed
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 0 Complete Bible
Kalanga kck 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Makhuwa-Meetto mgh 1 0 Complete Bible
Manyika mxc 1 0 New Testament
Marathi mar 1 1 Complete Bible
Nambya nmq 1 0 New Testament
Ndau ndc 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyungwe nyu 1 0 New Testament
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena seh 1 0 Complete Bible
Setswana tsn 2 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 5 1 Complete Bible
Sotho, Northern nso 1 0 Complete Bible
Swati ssw 1 0 Complete Bible
Tawara twl 1 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 1 0 Complete Bible
Tshuwau hio 1 0 Translation Started
Tsonga tso 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswa tsc 1 0 Complete Bible
Tumbuka tum 1 0 Complete Bible
Venda ven 1 0 Complete Bible
Xhosa xho 1 0 Complete Bible
Zimbabwe Sign Language zib 1 0 Translation Needed
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 36 41 2   26 20 29 30 16

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.2 %)
76.8 %
Ethnic Religions
21.7 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.3 %
Non-Religious
0.7 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
52.7 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
28.2 %
Roman Catholic
17.7 %
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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Zimbabwe Statistics
People Groups 41
Unreached People Groups 2  (4.9%)
Population 14,266,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Population in Unreached 24,000  (0.2%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 76.8%
Percent Evangelical 25.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 32%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZI
Official Language(s) EnglishShona
Literacy Rate 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,855,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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