Country: Kenya

Number of People Groups

109

People Groups Unreached

32 (29.4%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

54,749,000

Population in Unreached

5,197,000 (9.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

79.3%

% Evangelical

49.21%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.4%
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 *
Ajuran 190,000 190,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.30 % 4
 Americans, U.S. 11,000 193,021,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Hadrami 13,000 2,011,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Kenyan 15,000 704,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Omani 28,000 3,036,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 37,000 7,865,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Aweer 10,000 10,000 Aweer Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Baganda 52,000 8,800,000 Ganda Christianity 70.00 % 22.00 % -
 Bajuni 96,000 131,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 1.00 % 2
 British 45,000 54,072,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 15.00 % -
 Burji 39,000 159,000 Burji Islam 10.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chagga 21,000 1,211,000 Mochi Christianity 75.00 % 35.00 % -
 Chinese, general 36,000 15,472,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
Chuka 235,000 235,000 Gichuka Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 23.00 % -
 Daasanach 19,000 103,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
Dabida Taita 360,000 388,000 Dawida Christianity 80.00 % 38.00 % -
 Dahalo 3,100 3,100 Dahalo Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 6.60 % -
 Deaf 412,000 48,207,000 Kenyan Sign Language Christianity 82.61 % -
 El Molo 3,800 3,800 Samburu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.00 % -
 Embu 444,000 444,000 Kiembu Christianity 95.00 % 48.00 % -
 French 2,100 50,609,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
Goanese, Kenyan 10,000 691,000 Konkani, Goan Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujarati Creole 2,100 89,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Gujarati, Kenyan 217,000 3,367,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.10 % 0.02 % 4
 Gusii 3,530,000 3,531,000 Ekegusii Christianity 95.00 % 59.82 % -
 Hindi 6,800 2,675,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hutu, Rundi 5,000 11,899,000 Rundi Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
 Ik 1,600 14,000 Ik Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
 Ilchamus 43,000 43,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Ilwana 23,000 23,000 Kiwilwana Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 1
 Iteso 477,000 3,566,000 Ateso Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 % -
 Kachchi, Asian 82,000 166,000 Kacchi Hinduism 0.30 % 0.10 % 2
Kalenjin, Keiyo 263,000 263,000 Keiyo Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Kipsigis 2,497,000 2,497,000 Kipsigis Christianity 97.00 % 60.93 % -
 Kalenjin, Marakwet 135,000 135,000 Markweeta Ethnic Religions 46.00 % 45.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Nandi 1,226,000 1,226,000 Nandi Christianity 98.00 % 53.18 % -
 Kalenjin, Okiek 55,000 55,000 Okiek Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.40 % -
 Kalenjin, Pokot 1,017,000 1,155,000 Pokoot Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 20.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Sabaot 310,000 310,000 Sabaot Christianity 90.00 % 40.00 % -
Kalenjin, Terik 24,000 24,000 Terik Christianity 80.00 % 39.00 % -
Kalenjin, Tugen 207,000 207,000 Tugen Christianity 90.00 % 41.00 % -
 Kamba 6,877,000 6,900,000 Kamba Christianity 98.00 % 65.36 % -
 Kikuyu 10,655,000 10,798,000 Gikuyu Christianity 98.00 % 72.01 % -
 Konso 1,400 432,000 Konso Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Kuria 328,000 1,077,000 Kuria Christianity 52.00 % 36.00 % -
 Luhya, Bukusu 1,556,000 1,605,000 Bukusu Christianity 98.00 % 60.93 % -
Luhya, Idakho 57,000 57,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luhya, Isukha 107,000 107,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 41.00 % -
 Luhya, Kabras 143,000 143,000 Lukabaras Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Khayo 72,000 72,000 Olukhayo Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Luhya, Kisa 37,000 37,000 Olushisa Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Marachi 69,000 69,000 Olumarachi Christianity 90.00 % 46.00 % -
Luhya, Maragoli 350,000 350,000 Lulogooli Christianity 95.00 % 42.00 % -
Luhya, Marama 45,000 45,000 Olumarama Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Nyala 237,000 237,000 Nyala Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
Luhya, Nyore 162,000 162,000 Olunyole Christianity 93.00 % 46.00 % -
 Luhya, Saamia 89,000 773,000 Saamya-Gwe Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
Luhya, Tachoni 90,000 90,000 Lutachoni Christianity 85.00 % 47.00 % -
Luhya, Tiriki 98,000 98,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 40.00 % -
Luhya, Tsoto 76,000 76,000 Olutsotso Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Wanga 99,000 99,000 Oluwanga Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luo 6,628,000 6,869,000 Dholuo Christianity 98.00 % 62.04 % -
 Maasai 1,556,000 1,960,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 26.59 % -
 Madhiban 2,600 9,900 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Makonde 3,700 2,420,000 Makonde Islam 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Marathi 500 109,000 Marathi Hinduism 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Masaba, Gisu 66,000 2,233,000 Masaaba Christianity 85.00 % 38.00 % -
 Mbeere 204,000 204,000 Kiembu Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 14.00 % -
 Meru 2,589,000 2,589,000 Kimiiru Christianity 97.00 % 59.82 % -
 Mijikenda, Chonyi 323,000 323,000 Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma Christianity 50.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Digo 459,000 711,000 Chidigo Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 9
 Mijikenda, Duruma 726,000 726,000 Chiduruma Christianity 65.00 % 24.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Giriama 1,307,000 1,307,000 Kigiryama Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Mijikenda, Jibana 5,000 5,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kambe 32,000 32,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kauma 10,000 10,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Rabai 132,000 132,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mijikenda, Ribe 11,000 11,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
Mukogodo, Yaaku 4,600 4,600 Yaaku Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.70 % -
Munyoyaya 2,200 2,200 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mwimbi-Muthambi 235,000 235,000 Mwimbi-Muthambi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 22.00 % -
Ndigiri 3,200 3,200 Gikuyu Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 3.00 % -
 Nubian 22,000 60,000 Nubi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Omotik, Ndorobo 200 200 Omotik Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Orma 94,000 94,000 Orma Islam 0.04 % 0.04 % 2
 Oromo, Borana 289,000 1,718,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 8.00 % 2.00 % -
 Oromo, Gabra 147,000 200,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 3.00 % -
 Oromo, Garre 787,000 904,000 Garre Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 16
 Oromo, Sakuye 28,000 28,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.00 % 1
 Pokomo 117,000 117,000 Kipfokomo Islam 25.00 % 18.00 % -
 Punjabi 68,000 2,095,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.20 % 0.10 % 1
 Rendille 101,000 101,000 Rendille Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.20 % -
 Sagalla Taita 365,000 365,000 Sagalla Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 24.00 % -
 Samburu 317,000 317,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Segeju 600 21,000 Segeju Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Seychellese Creole 2,100 96,000 Seychelles Creole French Christianity 97.00 % 6.00 % -
 Sindhi 3,400 173,000 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali 2,540,000 24,095,000 Somali Islam 0.11 % 0.09 % 51
 Somali Ajuran 238,000 238,000 Somali Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % 5
 Somali Bantu 113,000 963,000 Maay Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % 2
 South Asian, Bengali-speaking 1,600 1,901,000 Bengali Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
Suba 165,000 165,000 Suba Christianity 100.00 % 45.00 % -
 Swahili, Coastal 16,000 1,809,000 Swahili Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Taveta 28,000 35,000 Taveta Christianity 72.00 % 37.00 % -
 Tharaka 230,000 230,000 Kitharaka Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 22.00 % -
 Toposa 3,100 360,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Turkana 1,333,000 1,388,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 22.16 % -
 Waata 21,000 21,000 Waata Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % -
Wardei 67,000 67,000 Somali Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
  Totals:  109 54,749,000         32 79.35 % 49.21 % 119 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 237,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 54,986,000                
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Province Estimated
Population
Baringo 747,000
Bomet 981,000
Bungoma 1,872,000
Busia 1,001,000
Elgeyo-Marakwet 41,000
Embu 682,000
Garissa 942,000
Homa Bay 1,268,000
Isiolo 300,000
Kajiado 1,252,000
Kakamega 2,093,000
Kericho 1,010,000
Kiambu 2,709,000
Kilifi 1,629,000
Kirinyaga 683,000
Kisii 1,419,000
Kisumu 1,295,000
Kitui 1,273,000
Kwale 971,000
Laikipia 581,000
Lamu 161,000
Machakos 1,593,000
Makueni 1,107,000
Mandera 971,000
Marsabit 515,000
Meru 1,732,000
Migori 1,250,000
Mombasa 1,353,000
Murang'a 1,184,000
Nairobi 4,926,000
Nakuru 2,422,000
Nandi 993,000
Narok 1,297,000
Nyamira 679,000
Nyandarua 715,000
Nyeri 850,000
Samburu 347,000
Siaya 1,112,000
Taita Taveta 382,000
Tana River 354,000
Tharaka-Nithi 440,000
Trans Nzoia 1,109,000
Turkana 1,038,000
Uasin Gishu 1,303,000
Vihiga 661,000
Wajir 875,000
West Pokot 575,000
Provinces:  47 52,693,000
UN Country Population 54,986,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 529.7 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 1,414.3 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 378.8 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 210.9 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
54,749,000
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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
Arabic, Hadrami Spoken ayh 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Ateso teo 1 0 Complete Bible
Aweer bob 1 1 Bible Portions
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Bukusu bxk 1 0 Complete Bible
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma coh 1 0 Bible Portions
Chidigo dig 1 1 Complete Bible
Chiduruma dug 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Cutchi-Swahili ccl 1 1 Translation Started
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Dahalo dal 1 0 Unspecified
Dawida dav 1 0 Complete Bible
Dholuo luo 1 0 Complete Bible
Ekegusii guz 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Ganda lug 1 0 Complete Bible
Garre gex 1 1 Translation Needed
Gichuka cuh 1 0 Bible Portions
Gikuyu kik 2 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Ik ikx 1 0 Bible Portions
Kacchi kfr 1 1 New Testament
Kamba kam 1 0 Complete Bible
Keiyo eyo 1 0 Translation Needed
Kenyan Sign Language xki 1 0 Bible Portions
Kiembu ebu 2 0 Complete Bible
Kigiryama nyf 6 0 Complete Bible
Kimiiru mer 1 0 Complete Bible
Kipfokomo pkb 1 0 New Testament
Kipsigis sgc 1 0 New Testament
Kitharaka thk 1 0 Complete Bible
Kiwilwana mlk 1 1 Unspecified
Konkani, Goan gom 1 0 Complete Bible
Konso kxc 1 0 New Testament
Kuria kuj 1 0 New Testament
Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi ida 3 0 Complete Bible
Lukabaras lkb 1 0 Translation Started
Lulogooli rag 1 0 Complete Bible
Lutachoni lts 1 0 Bible Portions
Maasai mas 1 0 Complete Bible
Maay ymm 1 1 Bible Portions
Makonde kde 1 0 New Testament
Marathi mar 1 1 Complete Bible
Markweeta enb 1 0 New Testament
Masaaba myx 1 0 Complete Bible
Mochi old 1 0 New Testament
Mwimbi-Muthambi mws 1 0 Bible Portions
Nandi niq 1 0 Complete Bible
Nubi kcn 1 1 Translation Needed
Nyala nle 1 0 Bible Portions
Okiek oki 1 0 Translation Started
Olukhayo lko 1 0 Translation Needed
Olumarachi lri 1 0 Translation Needed
Olumarama lrm 1 0 Translation Needed
Olunyole nyd 1 0 Complete Bible
Olushisa lks 1 0 Translation Needed
Olutsotso lto 1 0 Complete Bible
Oluwanga lwg 1 0 Complete Bible
Omotik omt 1 0 Unspecified
Orma orc 2 2 New Testament
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 4 2 Complete Bible
Pokoot pko 1 0 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Rendille rel 1 0 New Testament
Rundi run 1 0 Complete Bible
Saamya-Gwe lsm 1 0 Complete Bible
Sabaot spy 1 0 Complete Bible
Sagalla tga 1 0 New Testament
Samburu saq 3 1 New Testament
Segeju seg 1 1 Unspecified
Seychelles Creole French crs 1 0 Complete Bible
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Somali som 4 3 Complete Bible
Suba sxb 1 0 New Testament
Swahili swh 3 3 Complete Bible
Taveta tvs 1 0 New Testament
Terik tec 1 0 Unspecified
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tugen tuy 1 0 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 0 Complete Bible
Waata ssn 1 0 Bible Portions
Yaaku muu 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 88 109 32   22 41 62 71 12

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 49.2 %)
79.3 %
Ethnic Religions
9.0 %
Hinduism
0.5 %
Islam
10.4 %
Non-Religious
0.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.7 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
14.6 %
Independent
28.4 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.7 %
Roman Catholic
15.5 %
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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Kenya Statistics
People Groups 109
Unreached People Groups 32  (29.4%)
Population 54,749,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 5,197,000  (9.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 79.3%
Percent Evangelical 49.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 119
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 27%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code KE
Official Language(s) EnglishSwahili
Literacy Rate 82%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,855,000
Persecution Ranking 49 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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