600,000 in Myanmar (1931 census). Population total all countries: 800,000.
Throughout Rakhine State; Chin State, Paletwa township. Also in Bangladesh.
3 (Wider communication).
Chaungtha, Kyaukphyu, Man Aung (Chebuda Island), Mrauk-U, Sittwe (Akyab), Yangbye (Rambree, Yanbe, Yanbye, Yangye). Related to Marma [rmz] in Bangladesh. Intelligibility in Rakhine State of prestigious Sittwe dialect seems fairly high. Slight variations in north Rakhine speech in Sittwe, Kyauk Taw, Mrauk-U, Minpya, Punna Kyun, Buthidaung, and Maungdaw townships. The variety spoken in south Rakhine State townships of Kyauk Phyu, Yangbye, Thandwe, and Taungkuk noticeably different from the northern variety. The southern variety, particularly in Thandwe Township, is more similar to standard Burmese [mya]. Lexical similarity: among Rakhine and Marma varieties in both Myanmar and Bangladesh is over 85%. Lexical similarity: 91% with standard Burmese [mya].
Included in official ethnic group list. Buddhist.