L1 users: 715,000 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 912,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 766,500.
Dagestan Republic: Terek and Sulak river areas; some in Chechnya Republic.
3 (Wider communication). Statutory language of provincial identity in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (1994, Constitution, Article 10). Avar is used in many areas of Dagestan as a lingua franca among different ethnic groups.
North Avar (Andian Avar, Bolmats, Khunzakh, Salatav, Unkratl), South-West Avar (Batlukh, Hid Kaxib, Hid Keleb), South-East Avar (Andalal, Andalal Shulanin, Andalal Untib), Antsukh (Ancux), Qarakh (Bacadin, Karakh), Qusur, Zaqatal (Char). Antsukh, Qarakh, Andalal (South-East Avar), and Batlukh (South-West Avar) may be separate languages.
Cyrillic script [Cyrl].