Country: Kenya

Number of People Groups

110

People Groups Unreached

32 (29.1%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

53,664,000

Population in Unreached

5,792,000 (10.8%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

78.0%

% Evangelical

47.57%

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 74,000 74,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.30 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 11,000 192,805,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Hadrami 13,000 1,968,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Kenyan 53,000 414,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Omani 27,000 3,095,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 36,000 7,565,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Aweer 9,900 10,000 Aweer Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Baganda 51,000 8,542,000 Ganda Christianity 70.00 % 22.00 % -
 Bajuni 187,000 222,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 1.00 % 4
 British 44,000 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 15.00 % -
 Burji 31,000 148,000 Burji Islam 10.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chagga 21,000 1,177,000 Mochi Christianity 75.00 % 35.00 % -
 Chinese, general 35,000 15,716,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
Chuka 230,000 230,000 Gichuka Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 23.00 % -
 Daasanach 16,000 99,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
Dabida Taita 357,000 385,000 Dawida Christianity 80.00 % 38.00 % -
 Dahalo 3,100 3,100 Dahalo Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 6.60 % -
 Deaf 403,000 47,601,000 Kenyan Sign Language Christianity 82.61 % -
 El Molo 3,700 3,700 Samburu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.00 % -
 Embu 423,000 423,000 Kiembu Christianity 95.00 % 48.00 % -
 French 2,100 50,319,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
Goanese, Kenyan 9,800 654,000 Konkani, Goan Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujarati Creole 2,100 86,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Gujarati, Kenyan 212,000 2,462,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.10 % 0.02 % 4
 Gusii 2,891,000 2,892,000 Ekegusii Christianity 95.00 % 59.82 % -
 Hindi 6,700 1,579,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hutu, Rundi 4,900 11,395,000 Rundi Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
 Ilchamus 42,000 42,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Ilwana 22,000 22,000 Kiwilwana Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 1
 Iteso 442,000 3,440,000 Teso Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 % -
 Kachchi, Asian 80,000 161,000 Kacchi Hinduism 0.30 % 0.10 % 2
Kalenjin, Keiyo 222,000 222,000 Keiyo Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Kipsigis 2,502,000 2,502,000 Kipsigis Christianity 97.00 % 60.93 % -
 Kalenjin, Marakwet 307,000 307,000 Markweeta Ethnic Religions 46.00 % 45.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Nandi 1,240,000 1,240,000 Nandi Christianity 98.00 % 53.18 % -
 Kalenjin, Okiek 103,000 103,000 Okiek Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.40 % -
 Kalenjin, Pokot 826,000 960,000 Pokoot Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 20.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Sabaot 319,000 319,000 Sabaot Christianity 90.00 % 40.00 % -
Kalenjin, Terik 393,000 393,000 Terik Christianity 80.00 % 39.00 % -
Kalenjin, Tugen 197,000 197,000 Tugen Christianity 90.00 % 41.00 % -
 Kamba 5,095,000 5,117,000 Kamba Christianity 98.00 % 65.36 % -
 Kikuyu 10,680,000 10,819,000 Gikuyu Christianity 98.00 % 72.01 % -
 Konso 2,300 423,000 Konso Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Kuria 340,000 1,067,000 Kuria Christianity 52.00 % 36.00 % -
 Luhya, Bukusu 1,871,000 1,918,000 Bukusu Christianity 98.00 % 60.93 % -
Luhya, Idakho 223,000 223,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luhya, Isukha 284,000 284,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 41.00 % -
 Luhya, Kabras 330,000 330,000 Lukabaras Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Khayo 163,000 163,000 Olukhayo Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Luhya, Kisa 179,000 179,000 Olushisa Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Lutachoni 348,000 348,000 Lutachoni Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 % -
Luhya, Marachi 203,000 203,000 Olumarachi Christianity 90.00 % 46.00 % -
Luhya, Maragoli 807,000 807,000 Lulogooli Christianity 95.00 % 42.00 % -
Luhya, Marama 199,000 199,000 Olumarama Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Nyala 357,000 357,000 Nyala Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
Luhya, Nyore 406,000 406,000 Olunyole Christianity 93.00 % 46.00 % -
 Luhya, Saamia 163,000 827,000 Saamya-Gwe Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
Luhya, Tiriki 274,000 274,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 40.00 % -
Luhya, Tsoto 159,000 159,000 Olutsotso Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Wanga 404,000 404,000 Oluwanga Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luo 5,297,000 5,531,000 Dholuo Christianity 98.00 % 62.04 % -
 Maasai 1,157,000 1,549,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 26.59 % -
 Makonde 3,600 2,351,000 Makonde Islam 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Marathi 500 71,000 Marathi Hinduism 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Masaba, Gisu 65,000 2,168,000 Masaaba Christianity 85.00 % 38.00 % -
 Mbeere 220,000 220,000 Kiembu Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 14.00 % -
 Meru 2,165,000 2,165,000 Kimiiru Christianity 97.00 % 59.82 % -
 Midgan 2,600 9,700 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mijikenda, Chonyi 194,000 194,000 Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma Christianity 50.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Digo 409,000 654,000 Chidigo Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 8
 Mijikenda, Duruma 518,000 518,000 Chiduruma Christianity 65.00 % 24.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Giriama 981,000 981,000 Kigiryama Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Mijikenda, Jibana 46,000 46,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kambe 33,000 33,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kauma 69,000 69,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Rabai 129,000 129,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mijikenda, Ribe 19,000 19,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
Mukogodo, Yaaku 4,500 4,500 Yaaku Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.70 % -
Munyoyaya 2,100 2,100 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mwimbi-Muthambi 230,000 230,000 Mwimbi-Muthambi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 22.00 % -
Ndigiri 3,100 3,100 Gikuyu Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 3.00 % -
 Nubian 20,000 57,000 Nubi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Omotik, Ndorobo 46,000 46,000 Omotik Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Orma 85,000 85,000 Orma Islam 0.04 % 0.04 % 2
 Oromo, Borana 211,000 1,605,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 8.00 % 2.00 % -
 Oromo, Gabra 117,000 168,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 3.00 % -
 Oromo, Garre 906,000 1,020,000 Garre Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 18
 Oromo, Sakuye 35,000 35,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.00 % 1
 Pokomo 124,000 124,000 Kipfokomo Islam 25.00 % 18.00 % -
 Punjabi 67,000 2,261,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.20 % 0.10 % 1
 Rendille 79,000 79,000 Rendille Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.20 % -
 Sagalla Taita 357,000 357,000 Sagalla Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 24.00 % -
 Samburu 310,000 310,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Segeju 600 21,000 Segeju Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Seychellese Creole 2,100 95,000 Seychelles Creole French Christianity 97.00 % 6.00 % -
 Sindhi 3,300 126,000 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali 3,050,000 23,015,000 Somali Islam 0.11 % 0.09 % 61
 Somali Ajuran 232,000 232,000 Somali Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % 5
 Somali Bantu 110,000 931,000 Maay Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % 2
 South Asian, Bengali-speaking 1,600 1,559,000 Bengali Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
Suba 182,000 182,000 Suba Christianity 100.00 % 45.00 % -
 Swahili, Coastal 46,000 1,836,000 Swahili Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
Tachoni 155,000 155,000 Bukusu Christianity 85.00 % 47.00 % -
 Taveta 27,000 34,000 Taveta Christianity 72.00 % 37.00 % -
 Teuso 1,500 22,000 Ik Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
 Tharaka 230,000 230,000 Kitharaka Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 22.00 % -
 Toposa 3,100 274,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Turkana 1,291,000 1,344,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 22.16 % -
 Waata 16,000 16,000 Waata Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % -
Wardei 65,000 65,000 Somali Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
  Totals:  110 53,664,000         32 78.03 % 47.57 % 129 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 107,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 53,771,000                
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Provinces 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 53,771,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 534.9 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 1,427.1 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 384.3 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 213.8 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
53,664,000




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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
Arabic, Hadrami Spoken ayh 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Aweer bob 1 1 Bible Portions
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Bukusu bxk 2 0 Complete Bible
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma coh 1 0 Bible Portions
Chidigo dig 1 1 New Testament
Chiduruma dug 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Cutchi-Swahili ccl 1 1 Translation Needed
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 Unspecified
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 Translation Needed
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 New Testament
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 Translation Needed
Teso teo 1 0 Complete Bible
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: 88 110 32   22 38 61 72 12

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 47.6 %)
78.0 %
Ethnic Religions
9.1 %
Hinduism
0.5 %
Islam
11.5 %
Non-Religious
0.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.8 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
13.3 %
Independent
27.8 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
42.5 %
Roman Catholic
15.6 %
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 110
Unreached People Groups 32  (29.1%)
Population 53,664,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 5,792,000  (10.8%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 78.0%
Percent Evangelical 47.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 129
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 9,660,000
Persecution Ranking 44 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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