Census Says 38 Million in the U.S. Speak Español

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About 38 million people speak Spanish at home, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Census has released an interactive, online map that pinpoints the array of languages other than English that were spoken in homes across the country in 2011.

Titled the “Language Mapper,” the graphic shows the concentration of different languages such as Spanish, Chinese, French, German, and more throughout the U.S. The exact percentage of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. in 2011 was 37.6 million – out of the 60.6 million people who spoke a language other than English in their homes.

This large percentage makes the U.S. the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, after Mexico, Spain, Colombia, and Argentina.

In a statement, the report’s author Camille Ryan (who is also a U.S. Census statistician) said that the study “provides evidence of the growing role of languages other than English in the national fabric.

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