Telugu Christians

Telugu Christians or Telugu Kraistava are an ethno-religious community who form the third-largest religious minority in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[2] According to the Census of India, there are over a million Christians in Andhra Pradesh, constituting 1.51% of the state's population,[2] although a decrease from the 1971 census figure which was 2%, as a result of low birth rates and emigration. Most Telugu Christians are Protestant, belonging to major Indian Protestant denominations such as the predominant Anglican Church of South India, Pentecostals such as Assemblies of God in India, India Pentecostal Church of God, The Pentecostal Mission, the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches Bible Mission the Salvation Army and several others. There also is a significant number of Roman Catholics and Evangelicals. Although the Franciscans of the Roman Catholic Church brought Christianity to the Deccan area in 1535, it was only after 1759 AD, when the Northern Circars came under the rule of the East India Company, that the region opened up to greater Christian influence.[3] The first Protestant missionaries in Andhra Pradesh were Rev. Cran and Rev. Des Granges who were sent out by the London Missionary Society. They set up their station at Visakhapatnam in 1805 AD.[4] Regions with significant populations of Telugu Christians include the erstwhile Northern Circars, the coastal belt and the cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Telugu Christians have one of the highest literacy and work participation figures and most even male-to-female ratio figures among the various religious communities in the state.[5][6][7]

Telugu Christians
Total population
1,567,784 (2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Coastal Andhra, the Northern Circars, Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Medak and local or Non-Resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin diaspora populations nationwide in the major cities such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Mangalore and also overseas countries Countries:  India  United Kingdom  United States  Australia  United Arab Emirates  Kuwait
Languages
Telugu, Indian English, Hindi, Urdu and vernacular languages of the foreign country where the community reside as Non-Resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin emigrants and their descendants
Religion
Predominantly Anglican (Church of South India), India Pentecostal Church of God, Assemblies of God in India, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist but also significant number of Roman Catholics and Evangelicals

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