L1 users: 30,400 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 35,200 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 36,400.
4 (Educational). Statutory language of provincial identity in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (1994, Article 10, Constitution).
North Rutul (Asar-Kala, Ixrek, Luchek, Muxrek, Rutul, Shinaz, Vrush), South Rutul (Borch, Khnov). Dialects not sharply defined.
99% as L1. Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Russian [rus].
Cyrillic script [Cyrl].
Dialect groups may be treated as separate languages (Koryakov 2006). Muslim.