13,100 in Cook Islands (2011 census), decreasing. 2,035 Aitutaki, 481 Atiu, 573 Mangaia, 307 Mauke, 189 Mitiaro (2011 census). Speaker numbers rapidly decreasing, especially in the diaspora (Wurm 2007). Population total all countries: 39,090.
13 Cook Islands. Also in French Polynesia, New Zealand, United States.
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of national identity (1965, Constitution, Article 35), limited use in higher government domains.
English [eng] preferred by the younger generation (2007).