Spanish Speakers in the United States
The United States is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, according to a new report by the Instituto Cervantes, a prominent Spanish language institute based in Spain. The U.S. has 41 million native Spanish speakers and an additional 11.6 million people who are bilingual. That makes a grand total of 52.6 million Spanish speakers, compared to 121 million in Mexico and 48 million in Colombia, which is in third place. Sources cited in the report say that the U.S. could overtake Mexico by 2050.
It is estimated that there are some 559 million Spanish speakers worldwide, including 470 million native speakers and 89 million others who have some proficiency with the Spanish. States with the highest concentration of Spanish speakers include New Mexico (47%), California (38%), Texas (38%), and Arizona (30%). But Spanish speakers are found across the U.S.
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