77,200,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 77,202,480.
Jiangsu Province south of Changjiang river, east of Zhenjiang, on Chongming Island, mouth of and north of the Changjiang in Nantong area, Haimen, Qidong, and Qingjiang; Zhejiang Province south to Quzhou, Jinhua, and Wenzhou; southeast Anhui Province. Also in United States.
Chongming, Chuqu, Danyang, Hangzhou, Jinhua, Jinhua (Kinhwa), Oujiang, Quzhou, Shanghai, Shaoxing, Suzhou, Taihu, Taizhou, Tangxi, Wenling, Wenzhou, Wuzhou, Xuanzhou, Youngkang, Zhenhai. Varieties of Taihu dialect are Piling, Su-Hu-Jia, Tiaoxi, Hangzhou, Lin-Shao, and Yongjiang; Chuqu subdialects are Chuzhou and Longqu; Xuanzhou varieties are Tongjing, Taigao, and Shiling.
SVO; tone sandhi, tonal
Majority officially classified within Han nationality.