The United States will be the country with the second-largest number of Spanish speakers in the world in 2060, only behind Mexico, according to a report published Friday by The Hispanic Council, which recalls that more than 585 million people in the world speak Spanish.
Of these, 41.1 million, 7%, are Americans who speak this language as their mother tongue, a figure that has been on the rise for years. Currently, Spanish is the second most spoken language in 43 of the 50 states in the country and 13.5% of Americans speak Spanish at home, according to the Hispanic Council.
The Hispanic Council also showed that Texas (29.4 %), Florida (21.8 %), California (29 %), New Mexico (26.1 %) and Nevada (21.8 %) stand out above the rest of the states.
Spanish is by far the second most studied language at all levels of education, and the Hispanic community has the youngest average age compared to the rest. More than 62 million Americans, 18.7% of the population, are of Hispanic origin and, of these, 71% use Spanish at home.
Thus, it is expected that within forty years the United States will be the second country in the world with the most Spanish speakers, ahead of Colombia and Spain. According to the Cervantes Institute, by that time it is estimated that 27.5% of the U.S. population will be of Hispanic origin, almost one out of every three Americans.
The Spanish language, which was commemorated on Friday, dates back 500 years in what is now the United States, with the arrival of Juan Ponce de León from Valladolid in Florida.
Fifteen percent of its states and cities have names of Hispanic origin, California’s first constitution was published in Spanish and English and the first election ad in Spanish was 61 years ago, with Jackie Kennedy as the protagonist.