Wednesday, August 7, 2013

U.S. Is 5th Largest Spanish-speaking Country

Posted by Claudio Iván Remeseira | August 7, 2013

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive, online map pinpointing the vast array of non-English languages spoken in homes across the nation. In addition to Spanish, the map shows the national distribution of speakers or Arabic, Chinese French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Of the 60.6 million people who spoke a language other than English at home in 2011, almost two-thirds (37.6 million) spoke Spanish. This places the U.S. fifth in the ranking of Spanish-speaking countries –not the second one, as it is usually said— after Mexico (117 million), Spain (47.2 million), Colombia (47 million), and Argentina (41 million).  
The Census Bureau also released “Language Use in the United States: 2011,” a report that shows the increase of non-English speakers over the past three decades. In this century, the percentage of people speaking a language other than English at home went from 17.9 percent in 2000 to 20.8 percent in 2011. Read more at NBCLatino.

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