By 2050, the United States could have more Spanish speakers than any other country, according to a report from the Cervantes Institute.
With more than 52 million native and Spanish-language speakers, America is now the second-largest Spanish speaking population in the world after Mexico. In other words, the U.S. already has more Spanish speakers than Spain.
Approximately 41 million of these individuals, or 13.4 percent of the U.S. population, report that they speak Spanish at home. Forty-three percent of all U.S. Spanish speakers assessed themselves as speaking English less than “very well” in the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.
Mexico has 121 million Spanish speakers. Data obtained by the Cervantes Institute from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the U.S. will have an estimated 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050.
More than one in six U.S. residents claims Hispanic origin, which speaks to this exponential growth. The U.S. Hispanic population is also projected to account for 65 percent of the growth of the overall U.S. population between now and 2060.
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What It Means
Any American student who has enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools typically reference it as a “foreign language.” But is it really?
Our linguistic landscape is growing more and more complex. U.S. based organizations that don't communicate in Spanish are leaving a significant audience of multicultural consumers on the outside looking in. How significant? Try this: U.S. Hispanic buying power is now bigger than the gross domestic product of Mexico.
Organizations that do not acknowledge this fundamental shift in how America communicates will be bypassed by competitors that do.
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Did you know that by 2045, ethnic minorities will be the majority of the U.S. population? Or that immigration will be responsible for almost 90 percent of America’s population growth between now and then?
America’s cultural shifts are gaining speed. Our new infographic, “America’s Majority Minority Future,” paints a picture of a United States that will be much more multicultural and multilingual than it is today. You can download the new infographic buy clicking here.
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