9 Notable Findings from the National Survey of Latinos

“Widespread bilingualism has the potential to affect future generations of Latinos, a population that is among the fastest growing in the nation.”

That quote comes from a recent post from the Pew Research Center Fact Tank that analyzed results from the Center’s 2013 National Survey of Latinos. Those results show that the majority of English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S. are bilingual (59%).

Here are a handful of other findings from the National Survey of Latinos:

  1. 62% of U.S. adult Hispanics speak English or are bilingual
  2. 36% of Hispanics in the United States are bilingual
  3. 25% mainly speak English
  4. 38% mainly speak Spanish
  5. 50% of Latino adults who are the children of immigrant parents are bilingual
  6. 42% of Hispanics ages 18 to 29 are bilingual
  7. In 2013, Spanish was the most spoken non-English language in the U.S.—used by 35.8 million Hispanics in the U.S.
  8. 73% of Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish in their homes, when including those who are bilingual
  9. 70% of Hispanics ages 16 to 25 report using Spanglish, a hybrid form of English and Spanish

Results from Pew Research Center’s 2011 National Survey of Latinos reveal both languages (English and Spanish) are valued by Latinos in the U.S. 87% said “Latino immigrants need to learn English to succeed” while 95% said “it is important for future generations of U.S. Hispanics to speak Spanish”.

What all these stats tell us is that the number of bilingual Hispanics in the United States is growing. And as this bilingual population grows so does the need for businesses and organizations to effectively communicate with them. That need will only increase moving into the future.

View the full write-up on the survey findings from the Pew Research Center here