Global Statistics

All People Groups
by Reachedness Status

People Groups Individuals
All People Groups
BY Country (counting every group once for each country in which they reside) 17,098 7.67 Billion
ACROSS Countries (counting every group once) 10,249 7.67 Billion
Unreached People Groups
BY Country (counting every unreached group once for each country in which they reside) 7,153 3.19 Billion
ACROSS Countries (counting every unreached group once) 4,426 3.19 Billion
% World's People Groups Unreached 41.8% 41.6%
The 10/40 Window
People Groups (by Country) 8,717 5.11 Billion
Unreached People Groups (by Country) 5,989 3.09 Billion
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The Mumbai district of Maharashtra state in India has over 10,000,000 residents, more than many countries of the world.
South Asia has nearly five times as many unreached people groups (3,436) as any other region of the world.
East and Southern Africa is the least urbanized (31%) region of the world. (World Factbook 2011)
11.4% of the world's population (878m individuals) resides in 31 large Frontier people groups. Frontier groups are those with no more than one Christian per 1,000 individuals, and require pioneering missionary work.
More than 950 church planting movements have been reported in the world today, 2019.
If the India state of Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be the 5th most populous in the world. (Operation World 2010).
In 2018, 55% of the world's population was urban (United Nations).
The top 10 countries with the largest Christian populations include all of the "BRIC" countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). (Operation World 2010)
Iran is the country with the fastest growing Evangelical population at 19.6% annual growth. (Operation World 2010).
Of the 8,050 groups whose populations are under 10,000, the total number of individuals is less than 24,000,000.
351 of the 542 people groups in China do not have even Bible portions available in their primary language.
Indonesia has the greatest population of Muslim groups (238,000,000), followed by Pakistan (202,000,000) and India (181,000,000).
2,123 people groups in the world do not have Scripture portions or audio recordings available in their primary language, comprising 160,652,000 individuals.
1,907 people groups in the 10/40 Window have neither Scripture portions or the Jesus film available in their primary language, comprising 207,370,000 individuals.
3,436 people groups in South Asia are least-reached, totaling 1,708,000,000 individuals.
366 people groups in Central Asia are least-reached, totaling 264,000,000 individuals.
South Asia has the most people groups (3,858), followed by West and Central Africa (2,224), and Central Asia has the least (536).
The median population of all people groups for which Joshua Project has population values is 12,000. The mean population is 450,415.
The largest people cluster is the Chinese (1,354,000,000), followed by the Hindi (372,000,000), and then Hispanic (362,000,000).
Nearly 1/4 of the world's population resides in Frontier people groups, those groups with no more than one Christian per 1,000 individuals. These groups require pioneering missionary effort.
Only 60 people groups comprise 50% of the world's population.
Of Nigeria's 541 people groups, 104 do not have Bible portions, the Jesus film, or gospel recordings available in their primary language, or 1,727,000 individuals.
Central Asia has only 1,388,000 evangelicals, followed by North Africa and Middle East (5,648,000) and Eastern Europe and Eurasia (6,397,100).
Census data (2011) indicates there are some 20,833,000 Sikhs in India, and 4,452,000 Jains.
Northeast Asia has the highest number of individuals practicing Animism (68,500,000), followed by East and Southern Africa (47,000,000). (Operation World 2010)
3/4 of the 20,833,000 Sikhs in India live in the state of Punjab. Nearly 3/4 of the 8,870,000 Buddhists in India live in the state of Maharashtra.
The unreached Parsee, found in 12 countries with over 163,000 in total, practice Zoroastrianism.
Five countries have more than 500 people groups, with India exceeding 2500.
There are 1,387 primarily Christian groups in the 10/40 Window, the largest being the Yoruba of Nigeria (34,360,000).
The largest Muslim people group is the Shaikh of Bangladesh, population 138,000,000.
The largest Hindu group is the Brahmin of India, population 59,900,000.
The largest group without even Scripture portions in their primary language is the Jin Chinese of China, population 63,000,000.
25 of the 72 people groups in Afghanistan do not have even Bible portions available in their primary language.
There are an estimated 460,000 villages (out of a total of 650,000 villages) in India with no known Christian presence.
South Asia has the most least-reached people groups (3,436), followed by Southeast Asia (706). Australia and Pacific has the fewest at 55.
Hindi is spoken as the primary language by 602 people groups, with English spoken by 541 and Bengali spoken by 401.
11,551 people groups have at least the New Testament available in their primary language, totaling 6,948,521,000 individuals.
3,190,000,000 individuals live in people groups (7,101) with very few, if any, believers.
The 22nd Edition of the Ethnologue indicates there are 7,111 languages in the world, with roughly 1/5 in danger of not surviving. 23 languages account for more than half the world's population.
2,391 people groups totaling 136,000,000 individuals have neither Scripture, the Jesus film, or Christian recordings available in their primary language.
North America and the Caribbean have the most Evangelicals (100,500,000), followed by East and Southern Africa (100,100,000). (Operation World 2010)
There are 928 Muslim majority people groups over 100,000 in size.
There are 731 Hindu majority people groups over 100,000 in size.
There are 133 Buddhist majority people groups over 100,000 in size.
There are 1,272 Christian majority people groups over 100,000 in size.
The Muslim Shaikh have a combined population of over 239,100,000 (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal).
The Mandarin Chinese have a combined population of over 870,000,000 (all countries of residence).
The Gond of India speak 109 languages, and the Rajput speak 96.
Evangelicals are growing at an annual rate of 2.6%, compared to Islam at 1.9% and Hinduism at 1.2% (Operation World 2010)
The global annual growth rate of Christianity in general is 1.2%, but the growth rate of Evangelicals is 2.6% (Operation World 2010)
The Nai of India have 93 alternate names, and the Kalal have 86 alternate names.
Some 65-70% of the world's population live in religiously restrictive countries.
2,077 people groups reside in more than one country, summing to 6,441,930,000 individuals.
10,993 people groups have the Jesus Film in their primary language, totaling 7,125,000,000 individuals.
Indonesia has the most people groups (479) whose primary language does not have Bible portions, totaling 12,978,000 individuals.
China has the largest number of individuals whose primary language does not have Bible portions (104,391,000 individuals).
Nigeria has 294 people groups (8,834,000 individuals) whose primary language does not have Bible portions available.
India has 2,311 least-reached groups, followed by China (445), and Pakistan (414).
Of India's 2,585 people groups, 1,502 have populations over 10,000, the largest being a Muslim group, the Shaikh at 86,913,000.
Papua New Guinea has the largest number of groups whose primary religion is Christianity (802), followed by Indonesia with 373.
India has the largest number of groups whose primary religion is Islam (400), followed by Pakistan with 338 and Indonesia with 254.
The United States has the largest population of groups whose primary religion is Christianity (307,000,000), followed by Brazil (210,000,000).
All but four small groups of Sri Lanka's 173 people groups have at least Bible portions available in their primary language.
479 of Indonesia's 785 people groups do not have even Bible portions available in their primary language. The largest of these is the Mandailing, 1,228,000.
Of Iran's 95 people groups, all but 10 are least-reached, and all of these 10 are expatriate groups.
10 of Sudan's 162 people groups have Christianity as their primary religion, and 130 have Islam as their primary religion.
The United States, China, Brazil and Nigeria have the greatest number of evangelicals according to Operation World 2010. Kenya has the highest percent evangelicals at 48.9%.
Nearly one third (2.4 billion individuals) of the earth's population reside in only 250 Least-Reached people groups.
There are six Least-Reached people groups each over 50,000,000 in population, the largest being the Shaikh of Bangladesh (138,300,000).
The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Shaikh of Bangladesh, Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahmin of India.
The largest Least-Reached group in Central Asia without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings is the Aimaq of Afghanistan, with 1,525,000 people.
The largest Least-Reached group in the Middle East / North Africa without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings are the Chenoua of Algeria, with 96,000 people.
The largest Least-Reached group in Southeast Asia without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings is the Brunei Malay, Kedayan of Malaysia, with 367,000 people.
The largest Least-Reached group in Northeast Asia without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings is the Guibian Zhuang of China, with 1,094,000 people.
Russia has 70 Muslim people groups, the largest of which is the Tatars, with 5,341,000 people.
France has 32 Muslim people groups, the largest of which is the Kabyle Berbers, with 717,000 people.