U.S. Latinos Speaking Spanish at Home has Dropped Over the Last Decade
According to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center, the share of U.S. Latinos speaking Spanish at home has gone down in the last 10 years. This is surprising news for Latinos, because Spanish is an important part of the Latino culture that is passed down from generation to generation. In 2015, 73 percent of U.S. Hispanics spoke Spanish at home, compared to 2006 when 78 percent spoke Spanish. The share of Latinos who speak Spanish at home has declined, but there are more Hispanics speaking Spanish in the U.S. due to the Latino population increasing.
Over 37 million Hispanics speak Spanish in the U.S. and Spanish happens to be the most common non-English language spoken in U.S. homes. Cities that have a high concentration of immigrants are more likely to speak Spanish than those with more U.S. born Latinos such as in Miami where 64 percent of the population are Latino immigrants. The largest decline of Latinos speaking Spanish at home was seen in the San Antonio-New Braunfels and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan areas, where the use of Spanish in those areas went down by 9 percent. A 2011 Pew Research Center survey found that Latinos overwhelmingly believe that speaking Spanish is a vital skill that’s important for the next generation of Latinos to have. In order to continue the trend of passing down the Spanish language to future generations, Spanish must be spoken at home.