500 (2015 J. Stuart), increasing. L2 users: 800 (2015 J. Stuart). Ethnic population: 11,100 (2005 census).
Ahuachapan, Chalatenango, Cuscatlan, La Libertad, La Paz, San Salvador, Santa Ana, Sonsonate, and Usulutan departments. West, interior highlands.
8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (1993, Law to protect the national patrimony, Decree 513).
None known. Not intelligible with Isthmus Nahuatl [nhk] of Mexico.
Some young adults now teach their children Nahuat. Older adults as L1. School children and young adults as L2.
Latin script [Latn].