500,000 (2007), decreasing. Ethnic population: 700,000.
Yunnan Province, Chuxiong autonomous prefecture and Kumming city, and scattered areas to east; Guizhou Province, Weining Yi-Hui-Miao and Dafang autonomous counties, Hezhang and Pan counties; west Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
Bijie, Dafang, Qian Xi. Reported low intelligibility between dialects.
Home, village, market. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Yi script [Yiii], traditional.