Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

94

People Groups Unreached

84 (89.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

82,787,000

Population in Unreached

82,463,000 (99.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

1.6%

% Evangelical

1.19%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

19.6%
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 *
 Afghan, Tajik 395,000 10,642,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 8
 Afshari 373,000 387,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 7
 Aimaq 232,000 2,042,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 273,000 6,335,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 % 5
 Arab, Iranian 1,424,000 1,424,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.29 % 28
 Armenian 107,000 6,607,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 108,000 721,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 % -
 Astiani 26,000 26,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Aynallu 6,400 6,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 16,317,000 17,230,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 1.50 % 1.40 % 326
Baharlu 9,700 9,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bakhtiari 1,231,000 1,231,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 25
 Baloch, Southern 499,000 1,638,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 10
 Baloch, Western 741,000 1,253,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 15
 Bashkardi 8,700 8,700 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 23,000 3,009,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 3,400 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 3,300 15,621,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf 415,000 46,968,000 Iranian Sign Language Islam 0.51 % 8
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 0
Fars, Northwestern 8,600 8,600 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Southwestern 110,000 110,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 French 9,700 50,163,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
Gabri, Dari 14,000 14,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Galeshi 2,100 2,100 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Gazi 8,800 8,800 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 65,000 3,485,000 Georgian Christianity 83.00 % 1.30 % -
 German 900 66,128,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 % -
 Gilaki 2,876,000 2,876,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 58
 Gujarati 35,000 2,409,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
Gurani, Hawrami 209,000 378,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Harzani 35,000 35,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hazara 387,000 4,554,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 8
 Herki 22,000 105,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Italian 7,100 38,277,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
Jadgali 11,000 11,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Hulaula 400 36,000 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,500 65,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 53,000 790,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karingani 22,000 22,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 6,300 15,491,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khalaj, Turkic 52,000 52,000 Khalaj, Turkic Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khorasani Turk 945,000 945,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 19
Khunsari 26,000 26,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Korean 18,000 80,715,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 % -
Koroshi 400 400 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kumzari 700 7,400 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Central 3,343,000 8,167,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.20 % 0.11 % 67
 Kurd, Kurmanji 489,000 15,452,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 % 10
 Kurd, Southern 3,322,000 3,322,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.05 % 0.03 % 66
 Laki 1,221,000 1,221,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 24
Larestani 117,000 117,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Lasgerdi 1,200 1,200 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Luri, Northern 1,847,000 1,959,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 37
 Luri, Southern 1,006,000 1,006,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20
 Mamasani 124,000 124,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Mandaean 24,000 67,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,388,000 2,388,000 Mazandarani Islam 1.20 % 1.14 % 48
Moqaddam 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mussulman Tat 9,400 37,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,500 4,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Natanzi 8,800 8,800 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nayini 8,700 8,700 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 27,000 157,000 Parsi-Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Southern 158,000 9,730,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 3
 Persian 37,193,000 41,265,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 2.00 % 1.90 % 744
Pishagchi 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Punjabi 35,000 2,232,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Qajar 3,900 3,900 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Qaragozlu 2,600 2,600 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Qashqai, Kashkai 977,000 977,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20
 Romani, Balkan 35,000 1,216,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Romani, Domari 1,391,000 3,462,000 Domari Islam 0.06 % 0.05 % 28
Rudbari 300 300 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Russian 2,700 133,914,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
Sangisari 41,000 41,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semnani 68,000 68,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shahmirzadi 1,000 1,000 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shahseven 88,000 90,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 2
 Shikaki 29,000 54,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sivandi 8,800 8,800 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Soi 8,800 8,800 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sorkhei 12,000 12,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tajik, Tadzhik 600 9,858,000 Tajik Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Takistani 399,000 399,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Talysh 153,000 230,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
Taromi, Upper 300 300 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tati, Central 43,000 43,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tati, Southern 183,000 183,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Turk 11,000 61,304,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 % 1
 Turkmen 749,000 7,798,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 15
 Urdu, Islami 88,000 1,929,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Uyghur 6,200 12,299,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 % 1
 Vafsi 22,000 22,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  94 82,787,000         84 1.60 % 1.19 % 1,682 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 127,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 82,914,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Alborz 2,712,000
Ardebil 1,270,000
Bushehr 1,163,000
Chahar Mahall and Bakhtiari 948,000
East Azarbaijan 3,910,000
Esfahan 5,121,000
Fars 4,851,000
Gilan 2,531,000
Golestan 1,869,000
Hamadan 1,738,000
Hormozgan 1,776,000
Ilam 580,000
Kerman 3,165,000
Kermanshah 1,952,000
Khuzestan 4,711,000
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad 713,000
Kordestan 1,603,000
Lorestan 1,761,000
Markazi 1,429,000
Mazandaran 3,284,000
North Khorasan 863,000
Qazvin 1,274,000
Qom 1,292,000
Razavi Khorasan 6,435,000
Semnan 702,000
Sistan and Baluchestan 2,775,000
South Khorasan 769,000
Tehran 13,268,000
West Azarbaijan 3,265,000
Yazd 1,139,000
Zanjan 1,057,000
Provinces:  31 79,926,000
UN Country Population 82,914,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 284,199,000 343.3 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 758,319,000 916.0 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 204,211,000 246.7 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 113,627,000 137.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
82,787,000
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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
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Translation Needed
Alviri-Vidari avd 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Ashtiani atn 1 1 Unspecified
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 10 10 Complete Bible
Bakhtiari bqi 1 1 Bible Portions
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Bashkardi bsg 1 1 Unspecified
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dari prs 1 1 Complete Bible
Dari, Zoroastrian gbz 1 1 Unspecified
Dezfuli def 1 1 Unspecified
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
Dzhidi jpr 1 1 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Fars, Northwestern faz 1 1 Unspecified
Fars, Southwestern fay 1 1 Unspecified
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gazi gzi 1 1 Unspecified
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Gilaki glk 2 2 Bible Portions
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gurani hac 1 1 Bible Portions
Harzani hrz 1 1 Unspecified
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Hulaula huy 1 1 Unspecified
Iranian Sign Language psc 1 1 Bible Portions
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jadgali jdg 1 1 Translation Needed
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Karingani kgn 1 1 Unspecified
Kashkay qxq 1 1 Bible Portions
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khalaj, Turkic klj 1 1 Translation Needed
Khorasani Turkish kmz 1 1 Unspecified
Khunsari kfm 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kumzari zum 1 1 Unspecified
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 3 3 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Southern sdh 1 1 Bible Portions
Laki lki 1 1 Unspecified
Lari lrl 1 1 Translation Needed
Lasgerdi lsa 1 1 Translation Needed
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1 Bible Portions
Luri, Southern luz 2 2 Translation Needed
Mandaic mid 1 1 Unspecified
Mazandarani mzn 1 1 Unspecified
Natanzi ntz 1 1 Translation Needed
Nayini nyq 1 1 Translation Needed
Parsi-Dari prd 1 1 Translation Needed
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 2 2 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Rudbari rdb 1 1 Unspecified
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sangisari sgr 1 1 Translation Needed
Semnani smy 1 1 Unspecified
Shahmirzadi srz 1 1 Translation Needed
Shahrudi shm 1 1 Unspecified
Sivandi siy 1 1 Unspecified
Soi soj 1 1 Translation Needed
Sorkhei sqo 1 1 Translation Needed
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Takestani tks 1 1 Unspecified
Talysh tly 1 1 New Testament
Taromi, Upper tov 1 1 Unspecified
Tat, Muslim ttt 1 1 Bible Portions
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Vafsi vaf 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 80 94 84   25 23 41 59 15

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.2 %)
1.6 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
97.8 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.1 %
Independent
28.3 %
Orthodox
59.2 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
3.1 %
Roman Catholic
6.8 %
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.

Networking Possibilities

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Iran Statistics
People Groups 94
Unreached People Groups 84  (89.4%)
Population 82,787,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 82,463,000  (99.6%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.6%
Percent Evangelical 1.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,682
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 75%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official Language(s) Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 85%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,418,000
Persecution Ranking 9 (1=High to 50=Low OD)