58,300 in Kiribati (1987). Population total all countries: 71,580.
Also in Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu.
1 (National). De facto national language.
Banaban. North-south dialect Division. In Tuvalu, Nui inherently intelligible with Kiribati, but has vocabulary and pronunciation differences. Lexical similarity: 26% with Pohnapeian [pon].
Vigorous. Some also use English [eng].
Glossonym: I-Kiribati. Christian.