1,330,000 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 1,334,380.
Assam, mainly in Darrang, Nagaon, and Kamrup, Goalpara, Sibsagar, and Lakhimpur districts; West Bengal, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Cooch-Behar districts; Manipur, Chandel (Tengnoupal) District; Meghalaya, West Garo Hills district, Tikrikilla block, 7 villages, East Khasi Hills district.
5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Assam (1950, Constitution, Articles 345–347).
Chote, Mech. West Bengal dialect reportedly different from Assam.
Traditional religion, Christian.