5,000 in Viet Nam (Pelkey 2008). Population total all countries: 10,000. Ethnic population: 11,000 (2009 census).
Lao Cai Province, near Lao Cai City; Hà Giang Province, Xin Mun district, 1 village; Lai Chau and Son La provinces.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized ethnic group: Phu La.
Official minority nationality. Shifting to Vietnamese [vie].
Phù Lá is an official ethnic community.