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  • How do I search people groups, points of interest, and a specific metro area?

  • Go the How to Use this Site page to learn how to search people groups, metro areas, or points of interest.

  • What is a People Group?

  • For strategic purposes, a people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance. For a more technical description .... click here.

  • Where does this information come from?

  • PeopleGroups.info data comes from a variety of sources.  It comes from Census data comes from the 5-Year US ACS Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home and the Canada Census Language Most Often Spoken at Home and Foreign Born. It also comes from local initiative, people who desire to make known people group needs in their locale.  These people are the main backbone of the initiative, as they serve as editors and moderators.  We welcome your sending us any new people groups or points of interest you have discovered in your geographical locale. Use the Contact form and let us know.

  • I don't see a people group or point of interest on your site that I know exists. Why?

  • The people group may be listed under another name. Try searching using an alternate name. If you still can't find it, use the Contact form to let us know. Provide as much information as you can, along with your sources. We will review the information submitted and evaluate the data as appropriate. In some cases, someone may contact you for additional information.

  • What do we do with your feedback?

  • As you use PeopleGroups.info, you might find that some changes are needed; we welcome your observations and suggestions. We prefer firsthand, well-documented information whenever possible. Our intent is to populate PeopleGroups.info with people groups and points of interest within your geographical locale. Once we receive your feedback on a point of interest or people group we will contact you.

  • What is the ROP3 Code?

  • The ROP3 Code stands for the Registry of Peoples 3 Code and is the lowest level, the ethno-linguistic people groups level, within the Registry of Peoples Code Set.  The Code Set itself is a comprehensive set of codes for linking information from various major people group lists, including those found on Peoplegroups.org. Thus, the ROP3 Code is an essential tool for facilitating the exchange, comparison, and evaluation of people group information from disparate sources.

  • What is a Affinity Bloc and People Cluster?

  • "Affinity Blocs" are large groupings of related peoples that share similar origins, languages and cultures. "People Clusters" are a smaller grouping of peoples within an Affinity Bloc, often with a common name or identity, but separated from one another by political boundaries, language or migration patterns.

  • What is an Unreached People Group?

  • A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent.

  • What is an Unengaged People Group?

  • A people group is unengaged when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with Evangelical faith and practice, under implementation; in this respect, a people group is not engaged when it has been merely adopted, is the object of focused prayer, or is part of an advocacy strategy. The following three markers represent the status of people groups on PeopleGroups.info:

    = No Longer Unreached

    = Engaged yet Unreached

    = Unengaged and Unreached

  • What does Evangelical Christian and Evangelical Church mean?

  • An Evangelical Christian is a person who believes that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salvation through faith in Him, has personal faith and conversion with regeneration by the Holy Spirit, recognizes the inspired Word of God as the only basis for faith and Christian living, and is committed to biblical preaching and evangelism that brings others to faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, an Evangelical church is a church that is characterized by these same beliefs and principles.

  • What are Points of Interest?

  • Points of Interest (POIs) are geographical locations where one may encounter ethno-linguistic people groups within the North American context. PeopleGroups.info tracks the following types of POIs ...

    Buddhist Temple

    Consulate / Embassy

    Ethnic Apartment / Neighborhood

    Ethnic Association

    Ethnic Business

    Ethnic Market / Grocery

    Ethnic Restaurant

    Hindu Temple

    Islamic Mosque

    Jewish Synagogue

    Other Sacred Point of Interest

    Refuge Agency

    Shinto Shrine

    Ethnic School/Institution

    Jain Temple

    Sikh Temple

  • Do I have permission to use PeopleGroups.info materials?

  • Yes. We just ask that you credit the information. When referring to this information, please include the following:

    "This information was provided by The PeopleGroups.info Initiative - https://www.peoplegroups.info/."

    PLEASE NOTE: The PeopleGroups.info Initiative and its related website (https://www.peoplegroups.info/) is used, produced, marketed, and copyrighted under exclusive legal rights of the IMB.  Hence, in no way may you reproduce any of its contents for the purpose of selling or monetizing any of its contents therein.

    A word of caution: This information has been collected from multiple sources and is continuously subject to adjustments and refinements based upon the highly dynamic nature of today’s migratory environment and the advance of the Gospel. This information is shared with others on the condition that the user assumes all risks incident to reliance and has the right to make an independent assessment of its accuracy and reliability. Any questions may be directed to info@peoplegroups.info. This information is provided for the intended use only.