473,000 in Sierra Leone (1993). Population total all countries: 495,600.
Freetown communities; on the peninsula; Banana islands, York Island; Bonthe. Also in Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, United States.
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. L2 users prefer indigenous languages for informal situations. Possibly 4,000,000 L2 users (1987 F. Jones). All domains, education. All ages.
L1 Krio speakers mainly descendants of repatriated slaves from Jamaica. Traditional religion, Christian.