287,000 (2010 UNSD). 234,000 Alaba, 52,700 K’abeena (2010 UNSD). L2 users: 29,700. No monolinguals (1994 census).
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region; Oromia region: Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala, separated by Belate river from Kambatta [ktb] language area.
Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].
Ethiopic script [Ethi].