473,000 in Sierra Leone (1993). Population total all countries: 495,600. L2 users: 4,000,000 in Sierra Leone (1987 F. Jones). L2 users prefer indigenous languages for informal situations.
Western Area: Freetown peninsula communities; south of Freetown, York and Banana islands.
3 (Wider communication).
Vigorous. More in provincial towns than villages, and for interethnic communication. Possibly half use Krio at work. Formal language for those who do not speak English. All domains, education. All ages. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Mende [men], Northern Kissi [kqs], Susu [sus], Themne [tem], Yalunka [yal].
Latin script [Latn].
L1 Krio speakers mainly descendants of repatriated slaves from Jamaica. Traditional religion, Christian.