Where are the Christians in Arunachal Pradesh?

A map from Centre for Policy Studies, gives a very good overview based on Census 2011. This shows where the Christians are found and where Christians are not present now.

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Source: Centre for Policy Studies

To correlate with the district locations I have borrowed another map from the same source.

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Where are Christians?

A note from the Center for Policy Studies mentioned: “In conclusion, Christianity seems to have made deep inroads in the eastern Tirap district and in the western and central Kameng, Siang and Dibang regions, especially in the former two. Many of the major tribal communities inhabiting these regions namely, Nocte, Wancho, Nyishi, Nissi, Adi, Tangsa, etc.—had acquired a considerable share of Christians already in 2001. During 2001-11, the proportion of Christians in the total population of Arunachal Pradesh has risen considerably from 18.7 to 30.3 percent. The increase is much more marked in the regions of Christian dominance that we have mentioned. Though religion data for the individual tribal communities has not been published till now, yet it seems that many of the communities that had been substantially Christianised in 2001, may have become entirely or predominantly Christian now.”

Where are Christians Not?

Their description gives clear picture about where the Christians are. I think the Christians should look at where the Christians are not found. In the perspective, the most notable among the districts are Anjaw, Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, West Kameng and Tawang. Those are the areas of the Mishmi, Adi and Monpa tribes.

Another way of looking

The Census of India 2011 gives in terms of percentages of religious adherents in each district. See the last four districts that have less than ten percentages of Christians.

District Christian Hindu Muslim Sikh Buddhist Jain Other Religions Not Stated
Tirap 74.45% 18.47% 0.99% 0.05% 0.69% 0.04% 4.76% 0.56%
Kurung Kumey 55.59% 5.28% 0.51% 0.05% 0.13% 0.09% 37.10% 1.25%
Papumpare 47.80% 32.30% 3.48% 0.18% 2.70% 0.08% 12.79% 0.68%
East Kameng 47.19% 15.67% 0.83% 0.05% 0.57% 0.03% 35.41% 0.24%
Lower Subansiri 41.43% 11.50% 1.78% 0.03% 0.23% 0.02% 44.66% 0.33%
West Siang 26.69% 14.14% 1.98% 0.51% 2.95% 0.04% 53.45% 0.24%
Changlang 24.27% 32.17% 1.44% 0.06% 33.99% 0.06% 7.92% 0.09%
East Siang 18.40% 28.07% 2.31% 0.07% 0.78% 0.03% 49.78% 0.55%
Lower Dibang Valley 17.04% 53.47% 4.15% 0.06% 5.42% 0.04% 19.22% 0.61%
Upper Siang 15.98% 14.90% 1.16% 0.08% 7.30% 0.02% 59.36% 1.21%
Upper Subansiri 10.52% 16.15% 0.62% 0.03% 0.36% 0.01% 71.24% 1.07%
West Kameng 10.08% 37.24% 2.35% 0.39% 42.99% 0.08% 6.62% 0.24%
Lohit 7.33% 67.95% 2.64% 0.14% 16.78% 0.07% 4.99% 0.09%
Dibang Valley 2.79% 39.24% 1.39% 0.09% 1.57% 0.02% 53.31% 1.59%
Tawang 1.55% 23.69% 1.57% 2.33% 69.87% 0.14% 0.70% 0.13%
Anjaw 1.28% 61.83% 3.09% 1.29% 3.04% 0.06% 28.99% 0.41%

 

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