429,000 (1994 I. Larsen), increasing. 150,000 in Embu, 61,700 in Mbeere (Heine and Möhlig 1980).
Eastern Province, Embu district.
Embu, Mbeere (Kimbeere, Mbere). Mbeere dialect reportedly has intelligibility with Embu. Population estimate may include Gichuka [cuh] and Mwimbi-Muthambi [mws]. Lexical similarity: 85% with the Mbeere dialect, 73% with Gikuyu [kik] and Gichuka [cuh], 66% with Kamba [kam], 63%–65% with Kimîîru [mer].
Christian, traditional religion.