US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain

The United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million).

Among the sources cited in the report is the US Census Office which estimates that the US will have 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050, making it the biggest Spanish-speaking nation on Earth, with Spanish the mother tongue of almost a third of its citizens.

By state the highest concentration is in the former Spanish colonies of the south and south-west, with New Mexico top at 47%, followed by California and Texas (both 38%) and Arizona (30%). Some 18% of New Yorkers speak Spanish while only 1.3% of West Virginians do. Perhaps surprisingly, more than 6% of Alaskans are Spanish speakers.

The report, El español, una lengua viva – Spanish, a living language – estimates that there are 559 million Spanish speakers worldwide, a figure that includes 470 million native speakers and those with some command of the language.

The Index of Human Development ranks Spanish as the second most important language on earth, behind English but ahead of Mandarin. It is also the third most widely used language on the internet, although less than 8% of internet traffic is in Spanish. The report says that Spanish is the second most used language on Twitter in London and New York. It also comes second on Facebook, a long way behind English though well ahead of Portuguese, Facebook’s third language.

Source: Guardian

  • Guest

    God Bless America’s wars.

    China 1945-46

    Korea 1950-53

    China 1950-53

    Guatemala 1954

    Indonesia 1958

    Cuba 1959-60

    Guatemala 1960

    Belgian Congo 1964

    Guatemala 1964

    Dominican Republic 1965-66

    Peru 1965

    Laos 1964-73

    Vietnam 1961-73

    Cambodia 1969-70

    Guatemala 1967-69

    Lebanon 1982-84

    Grenada 1983-84

    Libya 1986

    El Salvador 1981-92

    Nicaragua 1981-90

    Iran 1987-88

    Libya 1989

    Panama 1989-90

    Iraq 1991

    Kuwait 1991

    Somalia 1992-94

    Bosnia 1995

    Iran 1998

    Sudan 1998

    Afghanistan 1998

    Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999

    Afghanistan 2001

    Libya 2011

    Honorable mention to the secret drone campaigns, CIA black sites, Joint Special Operations Command assassinations, etc.

    They have fought honorably to become a Spanish province!

    • Krokodil.

      You forget the Spanish/ American war of 1898.

  • James

    Being overrun by the South. I wonder if the US is going to try apartheid or just get bred out of existence.

    • Krokodil.

      There are many Spanish speakers in America, both Latinos & Europeans who never crossed any borders to gain entry into america ever, the americans stole most of america from Spain.

    • Nevyn

      If Donald has his way he is building a wall he says, and he is getting the Mexicans to pay for it too, lol.

  • Krokodil.

    The Spanish were unlike the colonists in Africa who warred with one another for supremacy.
    When the Spanish landed in S-America they settled the whole continent.
    Too bad they never arrived in Africa, if they had, the british would never have landed in 1806.

  • Nevyn

    Every ass and his granny in califorianstan runs around saying hola, thats thier thing, they want to be intergrated, and they want it bad, no matter the cost to the world or its people. So in califorianstan its hola or you get lynched by the libtards for being un-multicutural.