U.S. Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

New data from the Instituto Cervantes, a worldwide nonprofit language school, reveals the United States now has the second-most Spanish speakers in the world—with only Mexico ahead on the list. That means the U.S. has more Spanish speakers than both Spain and Colombia.

Some key facts and stats reported in a recent New York Daily News article exploring the Institute’s findings:

  • 52.6 million native and bilingual Spanish speakers currently living in the U.S.
  • 11.6 million U.S. bilingual speakers—most of whom are children of Spanish-speaking immigrants
  • 41 million native Spanish speakers living in the United States
  • 121 million Spanish speakers in Mexico (the most of any country)
  • U.S. is expected to surpass Mexico’s Spanish-speaking population in the next 35 years
  • It’s estimated the U.S. Hispanic population will reach 132.8 million by 2050
  • That means nearly 1/3 of the U.S. will eventually be made up of native and bilingual Spanish speakers

Breaking Down Communication Barriers to Prepare for a Bilingual Future

The NY Daily News article goes on to note that organizations like the New York City Department of Education are already taking action to prepare for the increasingly Spanish-speaking and bilingual future. All businesses and organizations interested in effectively communicating and forging strong relationships with this rapidly growing audience of consumers should be doing the same.