At the end of the 19th century, 60 million people were Spanish speakers. Today, nearly 500 million people across the world speak Spanish!
In both the US and Canada, Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn. In the US it is the most popular by a very wide margin. Students with 2 years of studying a foreign language generally score higher on their verbal scores on the ACT/SAT.
Over the past decade, the demand for Spanish Language courses worldwide has almost doubled.
The Hispanic population in the United States has grown by 60% in just one decade. At present there are 35,5 million Hispanics, representing 12,5% of the total population. Hispanic are now the first minority.
Due to this increase there is a growing demand for the media to be in Spanish: radio, television, newspaper, magazines,...
Other countries or semi-autonomous areas with significant Spanish-speaking populations include Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, the United States and Venezuela.
Spain is 3rd most desirable country to live based on standard of living, health and economy.
The United States has the fifth largest hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina – just barely behind Spain itself and Argentina). Of this group of over 35 million people, 3 out of 4 say that Spanish is their primary language.
A recent study of 25 metro markets in the United States found that Spanish-language programming was the sixth most popular format.
In the New York City area, the newscast on the Spanish-language Noticias 41 and Noticiero Univision, often have higher ratings than news shows on CBS, NBC and ABC.
Approximately 5.8% of Internet users speak Spanish, making it the 4th most common language among the Internet community, after English, Japanese, and German.
In the US, the 28 million people who speak Spanish at home is well over half of the approximately 47 million people who speak a language other than English at home, meaning Spanish is spoken by more people than all other languages combined within the U.S.