Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

94

People Groups Unreached

84 (89.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

88,418,000

Population in Unreached

88,071,000 (99.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

1.69%

% Evangelical

1.22%

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 422,000 11,916,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 8
 Afshari 399,000 415,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Aimaq 248,000 2,206,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 292,000 7,069,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 % 6
 Arab, Iranian 1,521,000 1,521,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.29 % 30
 Armenian 115,000 6,054,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 115,000 949,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 % -
 Astiani 28,000 28,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Aynallu 6,900 6,900 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 17,427,000 18,388,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 1.80 % 1.60 % 349
Baharlu 10,000 10,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bakhtiari 1,315,000 1,315,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.20 % 0.20 % 26
 Baloch, Southern 533,000 1,527,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 11
 Baloch, Western 791,000 1,345,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 16
 Bashkardi 9,300 9,300 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 25,000 673,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 3,600 53,789,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 3,500 15,813,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf 443,000 49,091,000 Iranian Sign Language Islam 0.51 % 9
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Northwestern 9,200 9,200 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Southwestern 117,000 117,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 French 10,000 50,354,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
Gabri, Dari 15,000 15,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Galeshi 2,200 2,200 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Gazi 9,500 9,500 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 69,000 3,314,000 Georgian Christianity 83.00 % 1.30 % -
 German 900 66,126,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 % -
 Gilaki, Gilani 3,071,000 3,076,000 Gilaki Islam 1.00 % 1.00 % 61
 Gujarati 38,000 3,412,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Gurani, Hawrami 224,000 416,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Harzani 37,000 37,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hazara 413,000 4,345,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 8
 Herki 23,000 112,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ilsavan 94,000 103,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 2
 Italian 7,600 37,757,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
Jadgali 12,000 12,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Hulaula 400 5,600 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Judeo-Persian 10,000 135,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 57,000 904,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karingani 23,000 23,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 6,700 17,834,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khalaj, Turkic 56,000 56,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khorasani Turk 1,010,000 1,010,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20
Khunsari 28,000 28,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Korean 19,000 81,880,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 % -
Koroshi 400 400 Koroshi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kumzari 700 5,700 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Central 3,571,000 8,769,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 1.00 % 1.00 % 71
 Kurd, Kurmanji 522,000 16,224,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 % 10
 Kurd, Southern 3,548,000 3,548,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 1.00 % 1.00 % 71
 Laki 1,304,000 1,304,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 26
Larestani 125,000 125,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
Lasgerdi 1,200 1,200 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Luri, Northern 1,973,000 2,100,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 39
 Luri, Southern 1,075,000 1,075,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 21
 Mamasani 133,000 133,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Mandaean 25,000 72,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,550,000 2,550,000 Mazandarani Islam 1.67 % 1.67 % 51
Moqaddam 1,400 1,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mussulman Tat 10,000 125,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,800 4,800 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Natanzi 9,400 9,400 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nayini 9,300 9,300 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 29,000 170,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Southern 169,000 10,913,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 3
 Persian 39,721,000 44,132,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.80 % 1.60 % 794
Pishagchi 1,400 1,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Punjabi 38,000 2,136,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Qajar 4,100 4,100 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Qaragozlu 2,700 2,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Qashqai, Kashkai 1,044,000 1,044,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 21
 Romani, Balkan 38,000 1,164,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Romani, Domari 1,486,000 3,743,000 Domari Islam 0.06 % 0.05 % 30
Rudbari 300 300 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Russian 2,800 134,087,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
Sangisari 44,000 44,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Semnani 73,000 73,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shahmirzadi 1,100 1,100 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Shikaki 31,000 57,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sivandi 9,400 9,400 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Soi 9,400 9,400 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sorkhei 12,000 12,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tajik, Tadzhik 700 10,431,000 Tajik Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Takistani 426,000 426,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 9
 Talysh 164,000 832,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
Taromi, Upper 300 300 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tati, Central 46,000 46,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tati, Southern 196,000 196,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Turk 12,000 65,529,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 % 1
 Turkmen 800,000 8,428,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 16
 Urdu, Islami 94,000 2,123,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Uyghur 6,600 12,311,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 % 1
 Vafsi 23,000 23,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  94 88,418,000         84 1.69 % 1.22 % 1,792 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 133,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 88,551,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Alborz 2,747,000
Ardebil 1,287,000
Bushehr 1,178,000
Chahar Mahall and Bakhtiari 960,000
East Azarbaijan 3,961,000
Esfahan 5,188,000
Fars 4,914,000
Gilan 2,564,000
Golestan 1,893,000
Hamadan 1,761,000
Hormozgan 1,799,000
Ilam 588,000
Kerman 3,206,000
Kermanshah 1,977,000
Khuzestan 4,772,000
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad 722,000
Kordestan 1,624,000
Lorestan 1,784,000
Markazi 1,448,000
Mazandaran 3,327,000
North Khorasan 874,000
Qazvin 1,291,000
Qom 1,309,000
Razavi Khorasan 6,519,000
Semnan 711,000
Sistan and Baluchestan 2,811,000
South Khorasan 779,000
Tehran 13,441,000
West Azarbaijan 3,307,000
Yazd 1,154,000
Zanjan 1,071,000
Provinces:  31 80,967,000
UN Country Population 88,551,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this 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 2 2 Unspecified
Dezfuli def 1 1 Bible Portions
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 Unspecified
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 Bible Portions
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 Complete Bible
Karingani kgn 1 1 Unspecified
Kashkay qxq 1 1 Bible Portions
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khalaj klj 1 1 Translation Needed
Khorasani Turkish kmz 1 1 Translation Needed
Khunsari kfm 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Koroshi ktl 1 1 Unspecified
Kumzari zum 1 1 Translation Needed
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 Unspecified
Lasgerdi lsa 1 1 Translation Needed
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1 Bible Portions
Luri, Southern luz 2 2 Unspecified
Mandaic mid 1 1 Unspecified
Mazandarani mzn 1 1 Bible Portions
Natanzi ntz 1 1 Translation Needed
Nayini nyq 1 1 Translation Needed
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 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 Unspecified
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 31 43 59 0
Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Iran
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  • Christian literature distribution
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Christian medical outreaches

Iran Statistics
People Groups 94
Unreached People Groups 84  (89.4%)
Population 88,418,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 88,071,000  (99.6%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.7%
Percent Evangelical 1.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,792
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 86%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,379,000
Persecution Ranking 9 (1=Highest) Open Doors


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