260,000 in Ukraine (2006 A. Goriainov). Population total all countries: 475,540.
Crimea. Also in Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan.
4 (Educational). Language of recognized nationality (2009, No. 1167-VI, AR Crimea Republic Constitution (amended), Articles 11-13), protected language.
Mostly the older generations speak it, but it could be shifting up in use.
Sometimes confused with, but distinct from, Tatar [tat]. Muslim.