30,000 (2000 SIL), increasing. 3,000 are monolingual.
Central Sulawesi Province, Banggai regency, Luwuk, Balantak, Tinangkung, and Lamala subdistricts, at least 49 villages. Eastern peninsular tip, Cape Botok.
Vigorous. Speakers of other area languages use Balantak as L2. All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.