17,000 in Afghanistan (2011 S. Beck), increasing. Population total all countries: 47,100. Ethnic population: 17,000.
Badakhshan Province, Wakhan district, along the Panj river as far as Sarhad village. 42 villages. The center of the Wakhi-speaking area is Khandud village. Also in China, Pakistan, Tajikistan.
Dialect intelligibility reportedly not a problem even with those in other countries. Lexical similarity: 84% with Ishkoman and Gojal dialects, 89% with Yasin and Gojal, 91% with Ishkoman and Yasin.
Vigorous. Home, community, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Men also use Dari [prs] in every-day situations. Very few bilingual women.