Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

94

People Groups Unreached

84 (89.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

85,888,000

Population in Unreached

85,552,000 (99.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

1.87%

% Evangelical

0.52%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

19.6%
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 *
 Afghan, Tajik 410,000 11,799,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 8
 Afshari 387,000 402,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Aimaq 241,000 2,174,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 284,000 7,244,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 % 6
 Arab, Iranian 1,477,000 1,477,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.29 % 30
 Armenian 111,000 6,292,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 112,000 916,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 % -
 Astiani 27,000 27,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Aynallu 6,700 6,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 16,929,000 17,891,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 1.50 % 1.40 % 339
Baharlu 10,000 10,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bakhtiari 1,277,000 1,277,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.20 % 0.20 % 26
 Baloch, Southern 517,000 1,629,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 10
 Baloch, Western 768,000 1,315,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 15
 Bashkardi 9,100 9,100 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brahui 24,000 660,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 3,500 54,472,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 3,400 15,654,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf 430,000 48,824,000 Iranian Sign Language Islam 0.51 % 9
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Northwestern 9,000 9,000 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Fars, Southwestern 114,000 114,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 French 10,000 50,956,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
Gabri, Dari 15,000 15,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Galeshi 2,200 2,200 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Gazi 9,200 9,200 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 67,000 3,439,000 Georgian Christianity 83.00 % 1.30 % -
 German 900 66,498,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 % -
 Gilaki 2,984,000 2,984,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 60
 Gujarati 37,000 3,424,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Gurani, Hawrami 217,000 399,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Harzani 36,000 36,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hazara 401,000 4,295,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 8
 Herki 22,000 110,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ilsavan 91,000 93,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 2
 Italian 7,300 38,313,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
Jadgali 11,000 11,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Hulaula 400 5,600 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,900 134,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 55,000 897,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karingani 23,000 23,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 6,500 17,734,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khalaj, Turkic 54,000 54,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khorasani Turk 981,000 981,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20
Khunsari 27,000 27,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Korean 18,000 81,346,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 % -
Koroshi 400 400 Koroshi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kumzari 700 6,500 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Central 3,469,000 8,397,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.20 % 0.11 % 69
 Kurd, Kurmanji 507,000 15,873,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 % 10
 Kurd, Southern 3,447,000 3,447,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.05 % 0.03 % 69
 Laki 1,266,000 1,266,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 25
Larestani 122,000 122,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Lasgerdi 1,200 1,200 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Luri, Northern 1,916,000 2,037,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 38
 Luri, Southern 1,044,000 1,044,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 21
 Mamasani 129,000 129,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Mandaean 25,000 70,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,477,000 2,477,000 Mazandarani Islam 1.20 % 1.14 % 50
Moqaddam 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mussulman Tat 9,700 37,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,700 4,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Natanzi 9,100 9,100 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Nayini 9,100 9,100 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 28,000 168,000 Parsi-Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Southern 164,000 10,824,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 3
 Persian 38,587,000 43,037,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 2.60 % 0.40 % 772
Pishagchi 1,400 1,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Punjabi 37,000 2,121,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Qajar 4,000 4,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Qaragozlu 2,700 2,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Qashqai, Kashkai 1,014,000 1,014,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20
 Romani, Balkan 37,000 1,234,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Romani, Domari 1,443,000 3,611,000 Domari Islam 0.06 % 0.05 % 29
Rudbari 300 300 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Russian 2,800 135,489,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
Sangisari 43,000 43,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Semnani 71,000 71,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shahmirzadi 1,100 1,100 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Shikaki 30,000 56,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sivandi 9,200 9,200 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Soi 9,100 9,100 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sorkhei 12,000 12,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tajik, Tadzhik 700 10,396,000 Tajik Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Takistani 414,000 414,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Talysh 159,000 238,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
Taromi, Upper 300 300 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tati, Central 45,000 45,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tati, Southern 190,000 190,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Turk 11,000 65,645,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 % 1
 Turkmen 777,000 8,197,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 16
 Urdu, Islami 92,000 2,144,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Uyghur 6,400 12,494,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 % 1
 Vafsi 23,000 23,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  94 85,888,000         84 1.87 % 0.52 % 1,746 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 135,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 86,023,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Alborz 2,747,000
Ardebil 1,287,000
Bushehr 1,178,000
Chahar Mahall and Bakhtiari 960,000
East Azarbaijan 3,961,000
Esfahan 5,188,000
Fars 4,914,000
Gilan 2,564,000
Golestan 1,893,000
Hamadan 1,761,000
Hormozgan 1,799,000
Ilam 588,000
Kerman 3,206,000
Kermanshah 1,977,000
Khuzestan 4,772,000
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad 722,000
Kordestan 1,624,000
Lorestan 1,784,000
Markazi 1,448,000
Mazandaran 3,327,000
North Khorasan 874,000
Qazvin 1,291,000
Qom 1,309,000
Razavi Khorasan 6,519,000
Semnan 711,000
Sistan and Baluchestan 2,811,000
South Khorasan 779,000
Tehran 13,441,000
West Azarbaijan 3,307,000
Yazd 1,154,000
Zanjan 1,071,000
Provinces:  31 80,967,000
UN Country Population 86,023,000
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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
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Translation Needed
Alviri-Vidari avd 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Ashtiani atn 1 1 Unspecified
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 10 10 Complete Bible
Bakhtiari bqi 1 1 Bible Portions
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Bashkardi bsg 1 1 Unspecified
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dari prs 1 1 Complete Bible
Dari, Zoroastrian gbz 1 1 Unspecified
Dezfuli def 1 1 Bible Portions
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
Dzhidi jpr 1 1 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Fars, Northwestern faz 1 1 Unspecified
Fars, Southwestern fay 1 1 Unspecified
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gazi gzi 1 1 Unspecified
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Gilaki glk 2 2 Unspecified
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gurani hac 1 1 Bible Portions
Harzani hrz 1 1 Unspecified
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Hulaula huy 1 1 Unspecified
Iranian Sign Language psc 1 1 Bible Portions
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jadgali jdg 1 1 Bible Portions
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 Complete Bible
Karingani kgn 1 1 Unspecified
Kashkay qxq 1 1 Bible Portions
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khalaj klj 1 1 Translation Needed
Khorasani Turkish kmz 1 1 Translation Needed
Khunsari kfm 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Koroshi ktl 1 1 Unspecified
Kumzari zum 1 1 Translation Needed
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 3 3 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Southern sdh 1 1 Bible Portions
Laki lki 1 1 Unspecified
Lari lrl 1 1 Unspecified
Lasgerdi lsa 1 1 Translation Needed
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1 Bible Portions
Luri, Southern luz 2 2 Unspecified
Mandaic mid 1 1 Unspecified
Mazandarani mzn 1 1 Bible Portions
Natanzi ntz 1 1 Translation Needed
Nayini nyq 1 1 Translation Needed
Parsi-Dari prd 1 1 Unspecified
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Rudbari rdb 1 1 Unspecified
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sangisari sgr 1 1 Unspecified
Semnani smy 1 1 Unspecified
Shahmirzadi srz 1 1 Translation Needed
Shahrudi shm 1 1 Unspecified
Sivandi siy 1 1 Unspecified
Soi soj 1 1 Translation Needed
Sorkhei sqo 1 1 Translation Needed
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Takestani tks 1 1 Unspecified
Talysh tly 1 1 New Testament
Taromi, Upper tov 1 1 Unspecified
Tat, Muslim ttt 1 1 Bible Portions
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Vafsi vaf 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 81 94 84   25 31 43 59 0
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  • Church planting agencies in Iran
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Iran Statistics
People Groups 94
Unreached People Groups 84  (89.4%)
Population 85,888,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 85,552,000  (99.6%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.9%
Percent Evangelical 0.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,746
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 75%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official Language(s) Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 86%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,024,000
Persecution Ranking 9 (1=Highest) Open Doors


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