2,420,000 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 2,423,540.
North and central coastal strip of Maharashtra; Karnataka; Dadra and Nagar Haveli; Kerala. Also in Canada.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Goa State (1992, Constitution, 71st Amendment).
Agari of Kolaba, Bhandari, Chitapavani, Dhanagari, Ghati (Maoli), Karhadi, Kiristav, Koli, Mahari (Dhed, Holia, Parvari), Parabhi (Damani, Kayasthi), Sangamesvari (Bakoti, Bankoti), Thakuri (Thakari, Thakri, Thakua, Thakura). Dialects closely related; Chitapavani recognized as standard Konkani. Local fishermen use the Koli dialect (Hukkeri). Related to Katkari [kfu] (dialects: Kathodi, Katvadi), Varli [vav], Phudagi [phd], Samvedi [smv], Mangelas.