Do Latinos Speak Spanish at Home?


U.S. Latinos say it’s important for future generations of Hispanics to speak Spanish, and the vast majority speak the language to their children. However, the share of Latino parents who ensure the language lives on with their children declines as their immigrant connections become more distant, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

Overall, 85% of Latino parents say they speak Spanish to their children, according to the Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Among immigrant parents, nearly all (97%) say they do this. But the share drops to 71% among U.S.-born second-generation Latino parents (those with at least one immigrant parent). And the share falls to just 49% among third or higher generation Latino parents – those born in the U.S. to U.S.-born parents.

Spanish use also declines in mixed families where one spouse or partner is non-Latino. About 92% of Latino parents with a Latino spouse or partner speak Spanish to their children. By contrast, just 55% of Latino parents with a non-Latino-partner or spouse say they speak Spanish to their children.

Besides speaking Spanish to their children, Hispanic parents can pass on the language by regularly encouraging their children to speak it. About 70% of all Hispanic parents say they provide such encouragement often, but again, successive generations are less likely than immigrant parents to say they do this.

Source: Hispanic Pew Research

A Snapshot of the Latino Population in NYC


According to the research Health of Latinos in New York City by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's, NYC residents who identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic account for nearly a third of the city's population. From 2000 to 2015, the Latino population grew by more than 14% to 2,485,125. 

The largest heritage groups in NYC are Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. More than Half of Latinos are US-born. Of Latinos born outside of the US, nearly three-quarters have lived in the US for 10 years or more.



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Latinos often identify by heritage alone and may not identify as a separate race. Among NYC Latinos, 7% identify as Black, 37% identify as White and approximately 55% identify as Other.

Age Distribution
The Latino population is younger than the non-Latino population, with a higher percentage of children, teens and young adults and lower percentage of older adults.

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Read the entire research HERE.