Bhutanese people can be generally categorized into three main ethic groups. The Ngalops in the West, Tshanglas in the East and the Lhotshampas in the South. There are largely Brokpas and Bjobs inhabit northern regions of Bhutan. The other minority groups are the Bumthaps and the Khengpas of central Bhutan, the Kurtoeps in Lhuentse, the Doyas of Samtse and the Monpas of Rukha villages in WangduePhodrang, making up the total population of the country just over half the million. These groups can be distinguished by language, religion, and socioeconomic characteristics.