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How Many People Speak Spanish?

According to Instituto Cervantes, 437 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it the second most spoken language in the world behind Chinese which has 1.2 billion speakers, and ahead of English which has approximately 360 million native speakers.

Let’s take the United States, for example, where Hispanics account for 18% of America’s population, and are projected to make up 28% by 2060, according to the United States Census Bureau.

 

Today more than 41 million people in the USA speak Spanish as a first language, which means that there are more Spanish speakers in the United states than there are in Spain.

In fact, experts predict that by 2050, the United States will overtake Mexico and become the number one Spanish speaking country in the world.

The 21 Spanish-Speaking Countries of the World

The five most populous countries where Spanish is the official language are Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, and Peru.

Argentina

Population: 43,024,374. The 32nd largest country in the world by population and the 8th largest country in the world: 2,780,400 square kilometers.

Bolivia

Population: 10,631,486. The 81st largest country in the world by population and the 28th largest country in the world: 1,098,581 square kilometers.

Chile

Population: 17,363,894. The 64th largest country in the world by population and the 38th largest country in the world: 756,102 square kilometers.

Colombia

Population: 46,245,297. The 29th largest country in the world by population and the 26th largest country in the world: 1,138,910 square kilometers.

Costa Rica

Population: 4,755,234. The 123rd largest country in the world by population and the 128th largest country in the world: 51,100 square kilometers.

Cuba

Population: 11,047,251. The 77th largest country in the world by population and the 106th largest country in the world: 110,860 square kilometers.

Ecuador

Population: 15,654,411. The 67th largest country in the world by population and the 74th largest country in the world: 283,561 square kilometers.

El Salvador

Population: 6,125,512. The 108th largest country in the world by population and the 151st largest country in the world: 21,041 square kilometers.

España

Population: 47,737,941. The 28th largest country in the world by population and the 52nd largest country in the world: 505,370 square kilometers.

Guatemala

Population: 14,647,083. The 69th largest country in the world by population and the 107th largest country in the world: 108,889 square kilometers.

Guinea Ecuatorial

Population: 722,254. The 164th largest country in the world by population and the 144th largest country in the world: 28,051 square kilometers.

Honduras

Population: 8,598,561. The 93rd largest country in the world by population and the 103rd largest country in the world: 112,090 square kilometers.

México

Population: 120,286,655. The 11th largest country in the world by population and the 14th largest country in the world: 1,964,375 square kilometers.

Nicaragua

Population: 5,848,641. The 110th largest country in the world by population and the 98th largest country in the world: 130,370 square kilometers.

Panamá

Population: 3,608,431. The 130th largest country in the world by population and the 118th largest country in the world: 75,420 square kilometers.

Paraguay

Population: 6,703,860. The 104th largest country in the world by population and the 60th largest country in the world: 406,752 square kilometers.

Peru

Population: 30,147,935. The 42nd largest country in the world by population and the 20th largest country in the world: 1,285,216 square kilometers.

Puerto Rico

Population: 3,620,897. The 129th largest country in the world by population and the 161st largest country in the world: 13,790 square kilometers.

República Dominicana

Population: 10,349,741. The 86th largest country in the world by population and the 130th largest country in the world: 48,670 square kilometers.

Uruguay

Population: 3,332,972. The 134th largest country in the world by population and the 91st largest country in the world: 176,215 square kilometers.

Venezuela

Population: 28,868,486. The 45th largest country in the world by population. It is the 33rd largest country in the world: 912,050 square kilometers.

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