250,000 (2013 J. Leclerc). L2 users: 25,000 (1981 D. Cranmer).
Eastern province: west and central Kona district; Northern province: Koinadugu district, south of Bagbe river.
Northern Kono (Sando), Central Kono (Fiama, Gbane, Gbane Kando, Gbense, Gorama Kono, Kamara, Lei, Mafindo, Nimi Koro, Nimi Yama, Penguia, Soa, Tankoro, Toli). Not intelligible with Vai [vai]. Dialects have minor differences.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Kono [knu] in Guinea. Traditional religion, Muslim.