Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

63

People Groups Unreached

13 (20.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

12,088,000

Population in Unreached

2,263,000 (18.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

31.6%

% Evangelical

7.47%

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 *
 Aguna 19,000 36,000 Aguna Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 8.00 % -
Aja 967,000 1,196,000 Aja Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 11.00 % -
 Anii 46,000 65,000 Anii Islam 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Anufo, Chokossi 24,000 223,000 Anufo Islam 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Batonu, Baruba 928,000 1,345,000 Baatonum Islam 16.40 % 13.00 % -
 Biali 162,000 168,000 Biali Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 1.00 % -
Boko, Bokonya 125,000 187,000 Boko Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 2.00 % -
Burusa, Bulba 2,600 2,600 Notre Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 25.00 % -
Cabe 3,100 3,100 Ede Cabe Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
Deaf 121,000 47,601,000 American Sign Language Christianity 39.89 % -
 Dendi, Dandawa 267,000 403,000 Dendi Islam 0.07 % 0.03 % 5
Ede Nago 354,000 354,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.00 % 5.50 % -
Ede Nago, Kura 44,000 44,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.00 % 1.50 % -
 Ewe 156,000 6,065,000 Ewe Christianity 72.70 % 3.00 % -
 Fon 1,938,000 2,073,000 Fon Christianity 65.00 % 18.31 % -
 Foodo 43,000 44,000 Foodo Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 1
 French 33,000 50,524,000 French Christianity 70.00 % 0.50 % -
 Fulani, Gorgal 42,000 42,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Fulfulde, Borgu 633,000 748,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.40 % 0.80 % 13
 Ga, Amina 12,000 969,000 Ga Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 % -
Gangam 35,000 105,000 Ngangam Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gbe, Ayizo 484,000 484,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.00 % 7.00 % -
 Gbe, Ci 44,000 44,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.00 % 8.00 % -
Gbe, Defi 24,000 24,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.60 % 4.00 % -
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 143,000 143,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Gbesi 115,000 115,000 Gbe, Gbesi Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gbe, Kotafon 161,000 161,000 Gbe, Kotafon Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Gbe, Maxi 358,000 411,000 Gbe, Maxi Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 4.00 % -
 Gbe, Saxwe 292,000 292,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.00 % 16.00 % -
Gbe, Seto 39,000 39,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Gbe, Tofin 142,000 142,000 Gbe, Tofin Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 7.00 % -
Gbe, Toli 11,000 11,000 Gun Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gbe, Weme 283,000 283,000 Gbe, Weme Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gbe, Western Xwla 79,000 79,000 Gbe, Western Xwla Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
Gbe, Xwela 84,000 84,000 Gbe, Xwela Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 % -
Gen, Mina 130,000 625,000 Gen Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 % -
Gourma 61,000 1,559,000 Gourmanchema Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
Gun 655,000 1,135,000 Gun Christianity 66.60 % 8.00 % -
 Hausa 1,085,000 49,590,000 Hausa Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 22
Ica 112,000 112,000 Ede Ica Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Idaca 170,000 170,000 Ede Idaca Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 % -
Ife 46,000 241,000 Ife Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 15.00 % -
Ije, Holi 154,000 154,000 Ede Ije Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kabiye 13,000 1,315,000 Kabiye Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 3.00 % -
Kambole, Manigri Nago 54,000 115,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kotokoli, Tem 18,000 456,000 Tem Islam 9.00 % 0.80 % -
 Kyanga 2,100 25,000 Kyanga Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Lama 93,000 379,000 Lama Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 % -
Lukpa 139,000 161,000 Lukpa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Mandingo, Mandinka 12,000 2,197,000 Mandinka Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Mbelime, Niendi 77,000 80,000 Mbelime Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 % -
Mokole 36,000 36,000 Mokole Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 0.83 % -
 Mossi 40,000 12,453,000 Moore Islam 35.00 % 9.00 % -
 Natemba 102,000 102,000 Nateni Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 4.00 % -
 Otammari 148,000 188,000 Ditammari Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 % -
Pila, Kpila 314,000 314,000 Yom Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 3.00 % -
Piyobe 1,900 19,000 Miyobe Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 % -
 Songhai-Koyraboro 9,000 1,972,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.81 % 0.20 % 1
Tchumbuli 4,300 4,300 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.00 % 5.00 % -
 Waama, Yoabou 114,000 114,000 Waama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Watchi 61,000 946,000 Gbe, Waci Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Yoruba 208,000 36,811,000 Yoruba Islam 45.30 % 13.00 % -
 Zarma 13,000 4,571,000 Zarma Islam 2.00 % 0.80 % 1
  Totals:  63 12,088,000         13 31.57 % 7.47 % 50 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 35,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 12,123,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Alibori 1,029,000
Atakora 917,000
Atlantique 1,660,000
Borgou 1,441,000
Collines 851,000
Donga 645,000
Kouffo 885,000
Littoral 806,000
Mono 590,000
Ouémé 1,306,000
Plateau 739,000
Zou 1,012,000
Provinces:  12 11,881,000
UN Country Population 12,123,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,718,000 2,380.2 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 6,336.6 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 1,701.9 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,521,000 947.4 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
12,088,000



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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
Aguna aug 1 0 Translation Needed
Aja ajg 1 0 Bible Portions
American Sign Language ase 1 0 New Testament
Anii blo 1 1 Translation Started
Anufo cko 1 0 New Testament
Baatonum bba 1 0 Complete Bible
Biali beh 1 0 New Testament
Boko bqc 1 0 Complete Bible
Dendi ddn 1 1 New Testament
Ditammari tbz 1 0 Complete Bible
Ede Cabe cbj 1 0 Bible Portions
Ede Ica ica 1 0 Translation Started
Ede Idaca idd 1 0 New Testament
Ede Ije ijj 1 0 Translation Started
Ede Nago, Kura nqk 1 0 Translation Needed
Ewe ewe 1 0 Complete Bible
Fon fon 1 0 Complete Bible
Foodo fod 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Fulfulde, Borgu fue 1 1 New Testament
Fulfulde, Western Niger fuh 1 1 New Testament
Ga gaa 1 0 Complete Bible
Gbe, Ayizo ayb 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Ci cib 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Defi gbh 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Eastern Xwla gbx 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Gbesi gbs 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Kotafon kqk 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Maxi mxl 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Saxwe sxw 1 0 Bible Portions
Gbe, Tofin tfi 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Waci wci 1 1 Translation Started
Gbe, Weme wem 1 0 Translation Started
Gbe, Western Xwla xwl 1 0 Translation Needed
Gbe, Xwela xwe 1 0 Translation Started
Gen gej 1 0 Complete Bible
Gourmanchema gux 1 0 Complete Bible
Gun guw 3 2 Complete Bible
Hausa hau 1 1 Complete Bible
Ife ife 1 0 New Testament
Kabiye kbp 1 0 Complete Bible
Kyanga tye 1 1 Translation Needed
Lama las 1 0 New Testament
Lukpa dop 1 0 Complete Bible
Mandinka mnk 1 1 Complete Bible
Mbelime mql 1 0 Bible Portions
Miyobe soy 1 0 New Testament
Mokole mkl 1 0 New Testament
Moore mos 1 0 Complete Bible
Nago, Northern xkb 1 0 Translation Started
Nago, Southern nqg 1 0 Translation Needed
Nateni ntm 1 0 New Testament
Ngangam gng 1 0 New Testament
Notre bly 1 0 Translation Needed
Songhay, Koyraboro Senni ses 1 1 Complete Bible
Tchumbuli bqa 1 0 Unspecified
Tem kdh 1 0 New Testament
Waama wwa 1 0 New Testament
Yom pil 1 0 New Testament
Yoruba yor 1 0 Complete Bible
Zarma dje 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 61 63 13   16 30 33 56 4

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.5 %)
31.6 %
Ethnic Religions
37.8 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
30.1 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
19.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.0 %
Protestant
15.8 %
Roman Catholic
59.8 %
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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Benin Statistics
People Groups 63
Unreached People Groups 13  (20.6%)
Population 12,088,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 2,263,000  (18.7%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 31.6%
Percent Evangelical 7.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 50
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 47%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BN
Official Language(s) French
Literacy Rate 38%
Estimated Illiterate Population 7,495,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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