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Population Indig % Evangel % Adherent Least Reached Progress Scale Primary Religion Primary Language Pho Map Txt
Afghan388,0000.01 %0.01 %Y1 IslamDariP
Afghan
 T
Afshari366,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, SouthP
Afshari
M
Afshari of Iran
T
Aimaq, Jamshidi30,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAimaqP
Aimaq, Jamshidi
M
Aimaq, Jamshidi of Iran
T
Aimaq, Timuri198,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAimaqP
Aimaq, Timuri
M
Aimaq, Timuri of Iran
T
Arab, Gulf268,0000.10 %1.20 %Y1 IslamArabic, Gulf SpokenP
Arab, Gulf
M
Arab, Gulf of Iran
T
Arab, Iranian1,397,000Y0.10 %0.30 %Y1 IslamArabic, Mesopotamian SpokenP
Arab, Iranian
M
Arab, Iranian of Iran
T
Armenian105,0008.00 %94.00 %4 ChristianityArmenianP
Armenian
M
Armenian of Iran
T
Assyrian106,0000.50 %97.00 %3 ChristianityAssyrian Neo-AramaicP
Assyrian
 T
Astiani26,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAshtianiP
Astiani
M
Astiani of Iran
T
Aynallu6,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk15,761,000Y0.09 %0.10 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, SouthP
Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk
M
Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk of Iran
T
Baharlu9,500Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Bakhtiari1,208,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBakhtiariP
Bakhtiari
M
Bakhtiari of Iran
T
Baloch, Southern489,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBalochi, SouthernP
Baloch, Southern
M
Baloch, Southern of Iran
T
Baloch, Western727,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBalochi, WesternP
Baloch, Western
M
Baloch, Western of Iran
T
Bashkardi8,600Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBashkardiP
Bashkardi
  
Brahui, Kur Galli23,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBrahuiP
Brahui, Kur Galli
M
Brahui, Kur Galli of Iran
T
British3,3008.00 %60.00 %4 ChristianityEnglishP
British
  
Chinese, general3,2008.00 %15.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsChinese, MandarinP
Chinese, general
  
DeafY0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamPersian Sign LanguageP
Deaf
 T
DezfuliY0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamDezfuli   
Fars, Northwestern8,500Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamFars, Northwestern   
Fars, Southwestern108,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamFars, Southwestern   
French9,5001.00 %63.00 %3 ChristianityFrenchP
French
 T
Gabri, Dari14,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 Other / SmallDari, Zoroastrian M
Gabri, Dari of Iran
 
Galeshi2,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGilakiP
Galeshi
  
Gazi8,700Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGazi   
Georgian64,0001.50 %79.00 %3 ChristianityGeorgianP
Georgian
M
Georgian of Iran
T
German8002.10 %66.00 %4 ChristianityGerman, StandardP
German
  
Gilaki2,822,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGilakiP
Gilaki
M
Gilaki of Iran
T
Gujarati35,0000.10 %0.50 %Y1 IslamGujaratiP
Gujarati
M
Gujarati of Iran
T
Gurani, Hawrami205,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGurani M
Gurani, Hawrami of Iran
T
Harzani34,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamHarzaniP
Harzani
M
Harzani of Iran
T
Hazara380,0000.01 %0.05 %Y1 IslamHazaragiP
Hazara
M
Hazara of Iran
T
Herki21,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKurdish, NorthernP
Herki
M
Herki of Iran
T
Italian6,9001.10 %83.00 %3 ChristianityItalianP
Italian
  
Jadgali11,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamJadgali   
Jew, Hulaula3000.00 %0.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsHulaulaP
Jew, Hulaula
 T
Jew, Judeo-Persian9,3000.00 %0.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsDzhidi  T
Kajali42,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKajali   
Karakalpak52,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKarakalpakP
Karakalpak
M
Karakalpak of Iran
T
Karingani21,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKaringani M
Karingani of Iran
T
Kazakh6,1000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKazakhP
Kazakh
 T
Khalaj51,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKhalaj   
Khalaj, Turkic53,000Y0.50 %0.80 %Y1 IslamKhalaj, Turkic  T
Khorasani Turk914,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKhorasani TurkishP
Khorasani Turk
M
Khorasani Turk of Iran
T
Khunsari26,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKhunsari M
Khunsari of Iran
T
Korean17,00016.00 %31.00 %5 Non-ReligiousKoreanP
Korean
 T
Koroshi400Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKoroshi  T
Kumzari6000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKumzariP
Kumzari
  
Kurd, Central3,280,0000.04 %0.20 %Y1 IslamKurdish, CentralP
Kurd, Central
M
Kurd, Central of Iran
T
Kurd, Kurmanji480,0000.10 %0.40 %Y1 IslamKurdish, NorthernP
Kurd, Kurmanji
M
Kurd, Kurmanji of Iran
T
Kurd, Southern3,260,000Y0.01 %0.05 %Y1 IslamKurdish, SouthernP
Kurd, Southern
M
Kurd, Southern of Iran
T
Lak1,198,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLaki M
Lak of Iran
T
Larestani115,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLari M
Larestani of Iran
T
Lasgerdi1,100Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLasgerdi   
Luri, Northern1,812,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLuri, NorthernP
Luri, Northern
M
Luri, Northern of Iran
T
Luri, Southern987,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLuri, SouthernP
Luri, Southern
 T
Mamasani122,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamLuri, SouthernP
Mamasani
 T
Mandaean23,0000.00 %2.00 %Y1 Other / SmallMandaicP
Mandaean
M
Mandaean of Iran
T
Mazanderani, Tabri2,343,000Y0.40 %0.50 %Y1 IslamMazanderaniP
Mazanderani, Tabri
M
Mazanderani, Tabri of Iran
T
Moqaddam1,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Mussulman Tat9,2000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTat, MuslimP
Mussulman Tat
M
Mussulman Tat of Iran
T
Nafar, Nafar Turk4,400Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Natanzi8,600Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamNatanzi  T
Nayini8,600Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamNayini  T
Parsee27,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 Other / SmallParsi-DariP
Parsee
 T
Pashtun, Southern155,0000.00 %0.02 %Y1 IslamPashto, SouthernP
Pashtun, Southern
M
Pashtun, Southern of Iran
T
Persian36,493,000Y0.90 %1.00 %Y1 IslamPersian, IranianP
Persian
M
Persian of Iran
T
Pishagchi1,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Punjabi35,0000.10 %1.00 %Y1 HinduismPunjabi, EasternP
Punjabi
 T
Qajar3,800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Qaragozlu2,500Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South   
Qashqai, Kashkai940,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKashkayP
Qashqai, Kashkai
M
Qashqai, Kashkai of Iran
T
Romani, Balkan35,0000.40 %5.00 %Y1 IslamRomani, BalkanP
Romani, Balkan
 T
Romani, Domari1,365,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamDomariP
Romani, Domari
M
Romani, Domari of Iran
T
Rudbari300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamRudbari M
Rudbari of Iran
T
Russian2,6001.20 %67.00 %3 ChristianityRussianP
Russian
  
Sangisari41,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSangisari   
Semnani67,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSemnani M
Semnani of Iran
T
Shahmirzadi1,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamShahmirzadi  T
Shahseven86,000Y0.20 %0.50 %Y1 IslamAzerbaijani, South  T
Shikaki28,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamKurdish, NorthernP
Shikaki
M
Shikaki of Iran
T
Sivandi8,700Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSivandi  T
Soi8,600Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSoi  T
Sorkhei11,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSorkhei   
Tajik, Tadzhik6000.00 %0.02 %Y1 IslamTajikiP
Tajik, Tadzhik
M
Tajik, Tadzhik of Iran
T
Takistani392,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTakestaniP
Takistani
M
Takistani of Iran
T
Talysh150,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTalyshP
Talysh
M
Talysh of Iran
T
Taromi, Upper300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTaromi, Upper M
Taromi, Upper of Iran
T
Tati, Central1,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamShahrudi M
Tati, Central of Iran
T
Tati, Southern180,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamAlviri-VidariP
Tati, Southern
M
Tati, Southern of Iran
T
Turk11,0000.01 %0.04 %Y1 IslamTurkishP
Turk
 T
Turkmen1,019,0000.05 %0.30 %Y1 IslamTurkmenP
Turkmen
M
Turkmen of Iran
T
Urdu, Islami87,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamUrduP
Urdu, Islami
M
Urdu, Islami of Iran
T
Uyghur6,1000.02 %0.05 %Y1 IslamUyghurP
Uyghur
 T
Vafsi21,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamVafsiP
Vafsi
M
Vafsi of Iran
T
Total People Groups:   97 80,879,000 55     87     61 49 71
Unclassified / Other Individuals 67,000  
UN Country Population (2017) 80,946,000  
Other reported groups:  8  
Data Notes
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Iran – People Progress

% of People Groups [1]
 
% of Population in People Group [1] [2]
 
Progress Level Peoples % of Peoples Population % of Population [2]
  1 - Unreached 87 89.7 % 80,561,000 99.6 %
  2 - Minimally reached 0 0.0 % 0 0.0 %
  3 - Superficially reached 5 5.2 % 189,000 0.2 %
  4 - Partially reached 4 4.1 % 112,000 0.1 %
  5 - Significantly reached 1 1.0 % 17,000 0.0 %
Totals 97   80,879,000  


NOTES:
  1. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  2. % of Population in People Group:  The percentage of the population that lives in a people group at each progress level. Not every person living in an unreached people group is necessarily unreached.
Iran – Languages
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Language
Code
# Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
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Status
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Aimaqaiq22None
Alviri-Vidariavd11None
Arabic, Gulf Spokenafb11None
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spokenacm11None
Armenianhye10Complete
Ashtianiatn11None
Assyrian Neo-Aramaicaii10Complete
Azerbaijani, Southazb1010Complete
Bakhtiaribqi11None
Balochi, Southernbcc11NT
Balochi, Westernbgn11Portions
Bashkardibsg11None
Brahuibrh11NT
Chinese, Mandarincmn10Complete
Dariprs11Complete
Dari, Zoroastriangbz11None
Dezfulidef11None
Domarirmt11None
Dzhidijpr11Need?
Englisheng10Complete
Fars, Northwesternfaz11None
Fars, Southwesternfay11None
Frenchfra10Complete
Gazigzi11None
Georgiankat10Complete
German, Standarddeu10Complete
Gilakiglk22Complete
Gujaratiguj11Complete
Guranihac11None
Harzanihrz11None
Hazaragihaz11Portions
Hulaulahuy11Need?
Italianita10Complete
Jadgalijdg11None
Kajalixkj11None
Karakalpakkaa11NT
Karinganikgn11None
Kashkayqxq11None
Kazakhkaz11Complete
Khalajkjf11Need?
Khalaj, Turkicklj11None
Khorasani Turkishkmz11None
Khunsarikfm11None
Koreankor10Complete
Koroshiktl11None
Kumzarizum11None
Kurdish, Centralckb11Complete
Kurdish, Northernkmr33Complete
Kurdish, Southernsdh11Portions
Lakilki11None
Larilrl11None
Lasgerdilsa11None
Luri, Northernlrc11None
Luri, Southernluz22None
Mandaicmid11None
Mazanderanimzn11None
Natanzintz11None
Nayininyq11None
Parsi-Dariprd11None
Pashto, Southernpbt11Portions
Persian Sign Languagepsc11None
Persian, Iranianpes11Complete
Punjabi, Easternpan11Complete
Romani, Balkanrmn11Complete
Rudbarirdb11None
Russianrus10Complete
Sangisarisgr11None
Semnanismy11None
Shahmirzadisrz11None
Shahrudishm11None
Sivandisiy11None
Soisoj11None
Sorkheisqo11None
Tajikitgk11Complete
Takestanitks11None
Talyshtly11None
Taromi, Uppertov11None
Tat, Muslimttt11Portions
Turkishtur11Complete
Turkmentuk11NT
Urduurd11Complete
Uyghuruig11NT
Vafsivaf11None
Totals: 83 97 87   33 23 38 59 15
Data Notes
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Iran – Religions
Major Religions [1] [3]
Evangelicals: 0.5 %
(subset of Christianity)
 
Christianity Segments [2] [3]
(Evangelicals distributed across
Christianity Segments)
 
% Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends [4]

NOTES:
  1. Major Religions: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Major Religion percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Religion for all Peoples within the country.
  2. Christianity Segments: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Christianity Segments percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Christianity Segment for all peoples within the country.
  3. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  4. % Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends:  Source Operation World Editions 1986, 1993, 2001, 2010.
    Zero percent data values may mean unknown or unavailable.
Iran – Possible Ministry Involvement
  • Below are lists of ministries that may work in Iran. Ministries in the Iran section probably minister in this country. Ministries in the Central Asia section only possibly minister in this country. The purpose of this information is to assist potential new missionaries connect with sending agencies and for general ministry networking. Click on the links below to visit ministry websites for further information. Visit the Power-Of-Connecting "Find a Network Tool" to find further networking information.
  • The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Omissions are not intentional, but occur simply from lack of data. Please contact us to suggest other ministries to include here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
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Statistics
Population 80,879,000
Percent Urbanization 73 %
Total People Groups 97
Unreached People Groups 87
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Official National Language Persian, Iranian
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Professing Christian 0.9%  [1]
Percent Evangelical 0.5%  [2]
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking 8 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index 0.774 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

Links
Operation World
Window International Country Profile
Ethnologue Language Listing
State Department Religious Freedom Report
World Factbook

Notes
[1]  Calculated by summing the major religion data for the people groups in the country.
[2]  Calculated by summing the Evangelical data for the people groups in the country.
 
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