1,580,000 (2002 census), increasing.
Extreme southwest, Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Ntungamo, and Rukungiri districts; Kibaale, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, and Kyegegwa districts.
Vigorous. Home, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Nyankore [nyn], which is closely related.
Standardized form of the western varieties (Nyankore-Chiga and Nyoro-Tooro) is called Runyakitara. It is taught at the University and used in internet browsing, but is a hybrid language. Ethnic groups: Bachiga, Bahororo. Christian.