L1 users: 5,660 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 21,800 (2010 census).
Scattered in Sakha (Yakutiya); Magadanskaya Oblast’, Khabarovski district.
Arman, Indigirka, Kamchatka, Kolyma-Omolon, Okhotsk, Ola, Tompon, Upper Kolyma, Sakkyryr, Lamunkhin. Many dialects. Arman has no remaining speakers. Ola (basis for literary Even) not accepted by dialect speakers.
Strongest in Sakha (Beryozovka, Sebyan-Kyuly) and Northern Magadan Oblast (Seymchan). Evens learn the language of ethnicities around them, and switch to that language when a non-Even is present. Few domains. Mainly older adults. Positive attitudes. Also use Koryak [kpy], Russian [rus], Yakut [sah]. Used as L2 by Chukchi [ckt], Northern Yukaghir [ykg], Southern Yukaghir [yux].
Cyrillic script [Cyrl], two orthographical standards, limited usage.
Many dialects divided into two main groups: Western and Eastern Even. Traditional religion, Christian.