Ethnic population: 67,700 (2000).
Okinawa prefecture: south; Ikema, Irabu, Kurima, Minna, Miyako, Ogami, and Tarama islands.
Miyako-Jima (Hirara, Ogami), Irabu-Jima, Tarama-Minna. Not intelligible of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn]. Dialects listed have noticeable differences, but communication is not impossible.
Mainly older adults. Also use Japanese [jpn]. The younger the generation, the more fluently they speak it (Wurm and Hattori 1981).