December 6, 2007

Speaking Only Spanish at Home

52%

More than half of foreign-born Hispanics (52%) report that they speak only Spanish at home.

More than half of foreign-born Hispanics (52%) report that they speak only Spanish at home, but that is true of just 11% of their adult children and of 6% of the children of U.S.-born Hispanics. Half of the adult children of Latino immigrants do speak some Spanish at home, but by the third and higher generation, that proportion has fallen to one-in-four. All generations are more likely to use English at work than at home. Among the first generation, 29% speak only English or mainly English on the job. By the second generation, two-thirds speak mainly or only English in the workplace. Most later generations of Hispanics (58%) speak only English at work and an additional 22% say they speak mainly English at work. Read More