Just like how the world says Indians are everywhere, Nagas are also scattered in every parts of Northeast as well as Myanmar. In this post, I will provide you with the information regarding the Tribe Wise Population of Nagas as of 2020.

Population of Nagas
Ao Naga Ladies in Traditional Attire

Most of us usually think that the Nagas only live in the state of Nagaland. But that’s not true, Nagas do not only live in Nagaland. Huge number of them lives in Manipur as their permanent home. You can also find Nagas living in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam as well as the nation of Myanmar.


Hundreds of Naga Tribes lived in harmony before we were divided during the state inauguration of Nagaland in 1963.

Before the existence of Nagaland, Nagas inhabited an area know as Naga Hills. At present, these areas consists of; some parts of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar (Burma).

population of Nagas
Sumi Naga


The exact population of Nagas can’t be given. But I’ve made a list based on the resources available on the internet.

There are currently 67 Naga Tribes (Major and Sub-Tribes). And in Nagaland, there are 14 Major Tribes. The list will have a population details of 40 Naga Tribes. The details about the remaining 17 Tribes is not available at the moment. But I will update this post from time to time with the latest informations.

There are approximately 2.7 Nagas living in India and 300,000 in Myanmar.

Population of Nagaland
Angami Naga


Here is the detailed list of the population of Nagas in Nagaland and the Nagas outside the state.

Note: The lack of inadequate articles about the this topic will eventually lead to some errors and inaccurate representation. But please feel free to correct my mistakes.

1. ANGAMI = 452,910

The Angami Nagas mainly inhabit the Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland. But you will also see them living in Senapati District of Manipur.

The Angamis have five main divisions. They include, Northern Angami, Western Angami, Southern Angami, Chakro Angami and Former Eastern Angami.

They practiced Animism in the past but today, almost all of them are Christians.

2. ANĀL = 27,000

The Anāl Nagas lives in Manipur and Myanmar. There are also some of the living in Nagaland. However, they mainly inhabit the Chandel District of Manipur.

3. AO = 226,625

The Ao Nagas are one of the 16 Major Tribes in Nagaland. They mostly inhabit Mokokchung district but you will also find many of them living in Dimapur.

The Ao Nagas are distributed into five ranges. They are, Tzurangkong Range, Japukong Range, Jangpetkong Range, Asetkong Range, Langpangkong Range and Onpangkong Range.

4. CHAKHESANG = 154,874

Chakhesang were known as Former Eastern Angamis. Today, the live in the Phek District of Nagaland. They are one of the 16 Tribes of Nagaland. Chakhesang is constituted of two categories, Khezha and Chokri.

5. CHANG = 64,226

The Chang Nagas live in the central region of Tuensang District. They are one of the major Tribes in Nagaland.

6. INPUI = 10,000

Inpui Nagas can be seen in almost all parts of Manipur. They also inhabit some parts of Assam and Nagaland.

7. KHIAMNIUNGAN = 120,000

The Khiamniungan people lives in the youngest district of Nagaland i.e Noklak. They also inhabit some parts of Myanmar. 120,000 approximately in Myanmar and 61,647 in Nagaland.

8. LIANGMAI = 60,000

Liangmai is a recognised tribe in Manipur. They mainly live in Tending sub-division of Peren district and Tamenglong district.

9. KONYAK = 320,000

The Konyak Nagas are the tribe with the highest population in Nagaland. They inhabit the Mon district in the northernmost part of Nagaland.

They are found in Tirap, Longding, and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh; Sibsagar District of Assam; and also in Myanmar. They are known in Arunachal Pradesh as the Wanchos (‘Wancho’ is a synonymous term for ‘Konyak’)

10. LOTHA = 173,111

Lothas are one of the major tribes in Nagaland. They inhabit the Wokha district. There is an old story that says the Rengmas and Lothas were once part of a single tribe.

11. MAKURY = 65,000

The Makury Nagas are one of the major Naga tribes in Myanmar. They are not recognised as a major tribe in Nagaland and are a sub-tribe of Yimchunger.

12. MAO = 97,195

The Mao Nagas lives in the states of Manipur, Nagaland and in Myanmar.

13. MARAM = 37,300

The Maram Nagas inhabit the Senapati district of Manipur. They are spread across the sub divisions of Tadubi, Karong, Saitu, Saikul and Kangpokpi of Senapati.

14. MARING = 45,000

The Marinh Nagas lives in Manipur. They mostly inhabit Tengnoupal district.

15. NOCTE = 111,679

They are the tribe living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is said that this tribe shares so many similarities with the Konyak Tribe.

16. PHOM = 56,000

Out of the 16 major tribes of Nagaland, Phom Nagas are the fewest in number. They inhabit Longleng district in the northern part of Nagaland.

17. POCHURY = 21,000

The Puchury Nagas was historically a sub-tribe of Chakhesang tribe but today, they’re a recognised tribe. They inhabit the Meluri sub-division. They also live in some parts of Chakhesang areas.

18. POUMAI = 187,180

The Poumai Nagas predominantly live in the Senapati district of Manipur. There are also some Poumai villages in Nagaland.

They mainly live in 100 villages that have been broadly divided into three blocks: Paomata, Lepaona and Chilivai.

19. RENGMA = 63,000

The Rengma Nagas are found in Tseminyu sub-division in the northern part of Kohima district.

They also inhabit some villages in the state of Assam.

20. RONGMEI = 200,000

The Rongmei Nagas are one of the major tribes of Manipur. Rongmei people live in almost all the parts of Manipur but mostly live in Tamenglong district. They also have a decent amount of people living in Nagaland and Assam.

They share similarity with their kindred tribes Zeme, Liangmai which together are known as Zeliangrong.

21. SANGTAM = 74,994

The Sangtam Nagas lives in the districts of Tuensang and Kiphire.

22. SUMI = 300,000

The Sumi Nagas are one of the major tribes of Nagaland. They are also known as ‘Sema’ by some ignorant people. They mainly inhabit Zunheboto district at the center of Nagaland. But there are also huge number of Sumi people living in Dimapur and Kiphire. There are also many Sumi villages in Tuensang, Wokha, Mokokchung and Kohima districts of Nagaland. The Sumis also inhabit some parts of Assam.

23. TANGKHUL = 680,000

The Tangkhul Nagas are the largest tribe in terms of population. They mainly inhabit Ukhrul and Kamjong district of Manipur. There are also more than 50 Tangkhul villages in Myanmar.

24. TANGSA = 450,000

They are the largest Naga sub-tribe inhabiting the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Tangsa Nagas also lives in some parts of Tinsukia district of Assam as well as Myanmar.

25. TUTSA = 25,000

Just like the Tangsa, the Tutsa Nagas also lives in Changlang as well as the eastern part of Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

26. WANCHO = 56,866

The Wancho Nagas are the inhabitants of Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh. Historically, they are related to Konyak and Nocte tribes.

27. YIMCHUNGER = 74,647

One of the 16 major tribes of Nagaland, the Yimchunger Nagas inhabit Tuensang and Kiphire in Nagaland.

28. ZEME = 130,000

The Same Nagas can be found mostly in Peren district in Nagaland, Senapati and Tamenglong district in Manipur and Dima Hasao district (NC hills) in Assam.


This list will include the Naga tribes or sub-tribes with a population less than 10,000.

Chirr = 138

Chiru = 8,599

Chothe = 3,585

Kharam = 1,145

Lamkang = 7,770

Lainong = Unknown

Moyon = 2,516

Monsang = 2,427

Para = Unknown

Tarao = 1,006

Thangal = 4,475

Tikhir = 7,537.


Kindly note that the list is incomplete and will be updated from time to time with the latest informations. The population data has been take from various sources like Wikipedia and other similar websites.

If you feel that I’ve made a mistake, please let me know in the comments section so that I can provide people with the accurate Population of Nagas in Nagaland and Nagas from other states. Thank you!

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