US Will Speak Almost As Much Spanish As Mexico By 2060

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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The U.S. Census Office predicts that 1 in 3 U.S. residents will be Hispanic and that the U.S. will be the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country.

New U.S. census data in a report by the Spanish culture and language organization Instituto Cervantes. Apart from an increase in Hispanic-Americans, growth in Spanish language learners will also lead to more people speaking the language.

According to the data in the report, the U.S. would only be second to Mexico in the number of Spanish-speakers it would have by 2060. Of all non-predominantly Spanish-speaking countries, the U.S. is home to the largest number of people trying to learn the language.

The U.S. is already home to more Spanish-speakers than the population of Spain. In their 2015 report, the Instituto Cervantes, calculated using U.S. Census data that the U.S. is home to 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11.6 million bilingual speakers. Spain has a population of just over 46.77 million people.

U.S. Territory Puerto Rico is the only part of the United States where Spanish has official co-recognition along with English after a 1993 law was passed allowing government activity to be conducted in both languages. The Puerto Rican Senate passed a bill in September 2015 declaring Spanish to be the first official language for conducting government business in the island territory.

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