- Jan 31, 2013
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EDITED: This is old data that used to be contained on the Wikipedia site on Spanish language in the U.S. (link below) The site has changed, and no longer gives those percentages by state (although it does give percentages by country, as does this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_in_the_United_States_by_countr.gif ) I'll try to find another link.
The 2004 American Community Survey (from the U.S. Census Bureau) these are the percentages of Spanish speakers living in the U.S., by state:
New Mexico: 43.27%
New York: 15.96%
New Jersey: 13.89%
The remaining states have less than 10% of their populations speaking Spanish.
Spanish language in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spanish is also predicted to become the world's second most spoken language (after Chinese) by 2050.
Should Spanish be a required subject in school? If so, for which states and starting in what grades?
I don't think spanish should be required. But it should be offered as an elective, it usually is anyway in most schools. Even the old country school I went to offered French and Spanish in HS. But to be effective, I think it should start at the Jr. High Level as the younger you are the easier it is to learn a foreign language.