There are now more Spanish speakers in the United States than any country except for Mexico, according to a new study by the Instituto Cervantes
Yes, even more than the language’s mother country, Spain.
Over 41 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as their native language, and another 11.6 million speak Spanish and at least one other language.
Mexico leads the way with over 120 million Spanish speakers, but that could change in a few decades. The report cites projections from the U.S. Census Bureau that the U.S. will have the world’s largest population of Spanish speakers by 2050.
About 40 percent of Texans — roughly 10 million people — speak Spanish, the third-most of any state. Texas trails only New Mexico and California in its share of Spanish speakers. There are more Spanish speakers in Texas than in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Paraguay.
Instituto Cervantes estimates that there are almost 560 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Below is a graph of the top five Spanish-speaking countries: