Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

75

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

18,862,000

Population in Unreached

100,000 (0.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

86.47%

% Evangelical

24.93%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.2%
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 *
 Afrikaner 104,000 4,485,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 % -
Ambo 4,700 4,700 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 3,900 7,268,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Aushi 190,000 612,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % -
 Bemba 5,063,000 5,673,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 % -
Bisa 377,000 377,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 British 13,000 54,223,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Bwile 106,000 128,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 % -
Chokwe 118,000 3,541,000 Chokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Cishinga 122,000 122,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
 Deaf 142,000 48,207,000 Zambian Sign Language Christianity 86.95 % -
 French 7,800 50,605,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 11,000 10,226,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 44,000 3,367,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 52,000 885,311,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Ila 185,000 185,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
 Italian 13,000 37,963,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
Iwa 8,000 8,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 % -
 Jew, English-speaking 3,500 5,876,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kabende 86,000 86,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 % -
Kaonde 392,000 467,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
Kunda 60,000 257,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 200 8,100 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Lala-Bisa 746,000 838,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lamba 377,000 414,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 % -
Lamba-Lima 4,300 4,300 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lambya, Rambia 19,000 207,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 % -
 Lenje 243,000 243,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Leya 19,000 19,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % -
 Lozi 1,186,000 1,400,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 % -
Luano 3,100 3,100 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Luchazi 56,000 718,000 Luchazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 % -
Lunda, Luapula 226,000 226,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 % -
 Lunda, Northwest 428,000 1,005,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 % -
 Luvale 325,000 890,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 % -
Luyana 4,900 4,900 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mambwe-Lungu 394,000 963,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 % -
 Masi 36,000 41,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mbowe 900 900 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % -
 Mbukushu 11,000 110,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Mbunda 158,000 489,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 % -
Mukulu 9,800 9,800 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Ndebele 15,000 1,835,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
 Nkoya, Lambya 67,000 67,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 % -
 Nsenga 770,000 1,045,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 % -
 Nyamwanga 188,000 437,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 1,915,000 12,830,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 % -
 Nyiha, Tanzania 778,000 1,220,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 % -
Nyika 10,000 16,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 5,400 19,636,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Sala 45,000 45,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 % -
Senga 151,000 185,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Serb 5,200 9,935,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
Shasha, Mashasha 2,300 2,300 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 % -
 Shona 42,000 1,220,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Simaa 9,500 9,500 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 % -
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 6,900 6,900 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 % -
Simaa-Makoma 27,000 31,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 % -
Simaa-Mwenyi 8,700 8,700 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 % -
 Soli 65,000 65,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 % -
Subia 2,600 43,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 47,000 1,809,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Swahili, Congo 46,000 49,000 Swahili, Congo Islam 16.00 % 3.00 % -
Swaka 72,000 72,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 % -
 Tabwa 52,000 1,168,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 % -
Tabwa, Shila 7,800 7,800 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
Tambo 24,000 24,000 Nyamwanga Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 % -
 Toka 29,000 29,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,504,000 2,776,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 % -
Totela 2,100 2,100 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tumbuka 542,000 3,364,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 % -
Tumbuka, Yombe 3,800 3,800 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 % -
Unga 47,000 47,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 5,100 2,893,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
Yauma 13,000 56,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 % -
  Totals:  75 18,862,000         4 86.47 % 24.93 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 59,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 18,921,000                
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Province Estimated
Population
Central 1,795,000
Copperbelt 2,719,000
Eastern 2,018,000
Luapula 1,251,000
Lusaka 3,279,000
Muchinga 1,042,000
North-Western 929,000
Northern 1,473,000
Southern 1,906,000
Western 1,073,000
Provinces:  10 17,485,000
UN Country Population 18,921,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 1,537.4 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 4,105.0 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 1,099.4 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 612.2 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
18,862,000
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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
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Aushi auh 1 0 Translation Needed
Bemba bem 6 0 Complete Bible
Bwile bwc 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chokwe cjk 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Ila ilb 1 0 New Testament
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kaonde kqn 1 0 Complete Bible
Khwedam xuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kuhane sbs 1 0 Translation Needed
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lala-Bisa leb 5 0 New Testament
Lamba lam 2 0 Complete Bible
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lenje leh 1 0 Complete Bible
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Luchazi lch 1 0 Complete Bible
Lunda lun 1 0 Complete Bible
Luvale lue 1 0 Complete Bible
Luyana lyn 1 0 Bible Portions
Mambwe-Lungu mgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Mashi mho 1 0 Bible Portions
Mbowe mxo 1 0 Translation Needed
Mbukushu mhw 1 0 New Testament
Mbunda mck 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nkoya nka 2 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyamwanga mwn 3 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Tanzania nih 1 0 New Testament
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sala shq 1 0 Translation Needed
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Simaa sie 4 0 Bible Portions
Soli sby 1 0 New Testament
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Swahili, Congo swc 1 0 Complete Bible
Taabwa tap 2 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 3 0 Complete Bible
Totela ttl 1 0 Translation Needed
Tumbuka tum 3 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Yauma yax 1 0 Bible Portions
Zambian Sign Language zsl 1 0 Translation Needed
Totals: 53 75 4   24 25 40 44 15

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 24.9 %)
86.5 %
Ethnic Religions
10.3 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
1.6 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.1 %
Independent
19.1 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.9 %
Roman Catholic
35.8 %
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.

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Zambia Statistics
People Groups 75
Unreached People Groups 4  (5.3%)
Population 18,862,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 100,000  (0.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 86.5%
Percent Evangelical 24.9%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 4
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official Language(s) English
Literacy Rate 63%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,979,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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