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Languages of U.S. Virgin Islands

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U.S. Virgin Islands. 108,775. National or official language: English. U.S. Territory. 50 small islands plus St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas. Literacy rate: 90%–95%. Immigrant languages: French (800), Papiamentu (200), Spanish (4,440). Deaf institutions: 2. The number of individual languages listed for U.S. Virgin Islands is 3. Of those, 2 are living languages and 1 has no known speakers.

[eng] 8,410 in U.S. Virgin Islands (1970 census).  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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[dcr] Extinct. Formerly in Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, St. John, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. Alternate names: Dutch Creole.  Classification: Creole, Dutch based 
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Virgin Islands Creole English

[vic] 52,300 in U.S. Virgin Islands (1980 WA). Population total all countries: 88,700. Also in British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles. Dialects: Cruzan. St. Croix, St. Eustatius, St. John, and Saba are most similar. Alleyne says it is post-creole English.  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern 
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