73,800,000 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 74,049,000. L2 users: 5,000,000 in India.
Mainly Andhra Pradesh state; Karnataka state: eastern portions of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bellary, Chitradurga, Tumkur, all of Kolar, Bangalore Rural, and Chikkaballapura; Odisha state: Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, and Gajapati; Chhattisgarh state: Bijapur; Tamil Nadu state: Vellore and Thirvallur; Maharashtra state: Gadchiroli and border areas, eastern enclaves, Puducherry.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Andhra Pradesh State; Puducherry Union Territory, Andaman and Nicobar islands (1950, Constitution, Schedule VIII).
Berad, Dasari, Dommara, East Godaveri, Golari, Guntur, Kamathi, Komtao, Konda-Reddi, Nellore, Rayalseema, Salewari, Srikakula, Telangana, Telugu, Vadaga, Vadari, Vishakhapatnam, Yanadi (Yenadi).