Country: Saudi Arabia

Number of People Groups

45

People Groups Unreached

29 (64.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

35,315,000

Population in Unreached

32,172,000 (91.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

4.3%

% Evangelical

0.56%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
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 *
 Americans, U.S. 70,000 193,021,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 29.00 % -
 Amhara, Ethiopian 21,000 24,652,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 1.50 % -
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 1,009,000 7,140,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.10 % 20
 Arab, Bedouin 1,341,000 2,731,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.00 % 27
 Arab, Egyptian 626,000 70,150,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 2.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 269,000 7,268,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 31.00 % 0.50 % -
 Arab, Northern Yemeni 277,000 13,563,000 Arabic, Sanaani Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 6
 Arab, Omani 138,000 3,036,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 3
 Arab, Palestinian 435,000 11,044,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 5.60 % 0.10 % -
 Arab, Saudi - Hijazi 10,801,000 11,295,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.12 % 216
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 14,030,000 17,658,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.60 % 0.12 % 281
 Arab, Sudanese 171,000 17,548,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 1.40 % 0.13 % 3
 Arab, Syrian 269,000 16,469,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 4.00 % 0.10 % 5
 Arab, Tihami 198,000 4,745,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Arab, Yemeni 198,000 7,865,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 4
 Armenian 1,700 6,267,000 Armenian, Western Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Baloch, Southern 18,000 1,608,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 36,000 54,072,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 % -
 Deaf 177,000 48,207,000 Saudi Arabian Sign Language Islam 5.43 % -
Faifi 51,000 51,000 Faifi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Filipino, Tagalog 974,000 38,663,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 % -
 French 35,000 50,609,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 3,500 10,219,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 102,000 885,311,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hindi 174,000 2,675,000 Hindi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.80 % 3
 Hui 35,000 14,178,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Indonesian 104,000 10,047,000 Indonesian Islam 15.80 % 5.60 % -
 Italian 38,000 37,986,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Javanese 31,000 18,403,000 Javanese Islam 2.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Kabardian 28,000 2,005,000 Kabardian Islam 1.50 % 0.18 % 1
 Korean 181,000 81,089,000 Korean Christianity 36.00 % 16.80 % -
 Mahra, South Arabic 24,000 241,000 Mehri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay 18,000 17,509,000 Malay Islam 0.80 % 0.20 % 1
 Persian 243,000 42,335,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 5
 Punjabi 834,000 2,095,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.00 % 17
 Rohingya 534,000 1,951,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 11
 Shahari, Jibbali 42,000 89,000 Shehri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali 73,000 24,095,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-speaking 35,000 1,901,000 Bengali Islam 0.40 % 0.07 % 1
 South Asian, Telugu-speaking 366,000 1,145,000 Telugu Hinduism 3.00 % 0.60 % 7
 Swahili 414,000 1,809,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 70,000 2,764,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.00 % 2.00 % -
 Turk 35,000 63,836,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Urdu 776,000 2,113,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 16
 Uyghur 9,200 12,450,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  45 35,315,000         29 4.30 % 0.56 % 648 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 26,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 35,341,000                
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Province Estimated
Population
Al Bahah 497,000
Al Hudud ash Shamaliyah 383,000
Al Jawf 532,000
Al Madinah, Medina 2,234,000
Al Quassim 1,487,000
Ar Riyad, Riyadh 8,624,000
Ash Sharqiyah 5,135,000
Ha'il 731,000
Jizan 1,638,000
Makkah, Mecca 8,989,000
Najran 609,000
Tabuk 951,000
`Asir, Aseer 2,310,000
Provinces:  13 34,120,000
UN Country Population 35,341,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 821.2 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 2,192.5 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 587.2 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 327.0 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
35,315,000
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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
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 2 2 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 2 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Sanaani Spoken ayn 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 2 2 Bible Portions
Armenian, Western hyw 1 0 Complete Bible
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 2 1 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Faifi fif 1 1 Translation Needed
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Indonesian ind 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 1 Complete Bible
Kabardian kbd 1 1 New Testament
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Mehri gdq 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Rohingya rhg 1 1 Bible Portions
Saudi Arabian Sign Language sdl 1 0 Translation Needed
Shehri shv 1 1 Unspecified
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 40 45 29   22 25 31 34 19

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.6 %)
4.3 %
Ethnic Religions
0.2 %
Hinduism
2.5 %
Islam
91.9 %
Non-Religious
0.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.0 %
Independent
6.1 %
Orthodox
7.7 %
Other Christian
2.8 %
Protestant
10.2 %
Roman Catholic
69.4 %
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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  • Church planting agencies in Saudi Arabia
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Saudi Arabia Statistics
People Groups 45
Unreached People Groups 29  (64.4%)
Population 35,315,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.8%
Population in Unreached 32,172,000  (91.1%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 4.3%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 648
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 84%
Continent Asia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code SA
Official Language(s) Arabic, StandardArabic, Najdi Spoken
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,766,000
Persecution Ranking 14 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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