250,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (2000 SIL). 75,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 250,290.
Equateur Province, Mobaye and Yakoma territories, into Orientale Province, Bondo territory. Also in Central African Republic.
2 dialects, about equal in size. Sango [sag] is derived from Ngbandi.
Vigorous. Some speakers of other languages use it for trade in border areas. All domains. Oral use in some churches. Oral literature. Positive attitudes. 70% also use some Lingala [lin].
Ethnic groups: Abasango, Bwato, Mbaati, and Nzomboy (Monjomboli). Christian.