Worldwide Spanish Speaking Population Statistics

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2008 Estimated World Population & Internet Users

(based on the number of people and language spoken)

Language

2008 Estimated
World Population

Percentage of
World Population

2008 World Internet Users

Percentage of Internet Users Worldwide

All Languages 6,676,120,288 100.00 % 1,463,632,361 100.00 %
Spanish 452,480,979 6.78 % 124,714,378 8.52 %
Estimated World Population and Internet Users
Spanish Speakers vs Non-Spanish Speakers World Population and Internet Users
Sources: (1) (2) (3)

Worldwide Internet Penetration & Language Growth

(based on the number of people and language spoken)

Language

2008 Estimated
World Population

World Internet Users

Internet
Penetration Rate

Language Growth
in Internet
(2000-08)

All Languages 6,676,120,288 1,463,632,361 21.92 % 305.5 %
Spanish 452,480,979 124,714,378 27.56 % 405.3 %
Worldwide Internet Penetration vs Language Growth
Sources: (1) (2) (3)

Worldwide Spanish Speaking Population

(by regions and countries)

Population (Number of People)

Percentage of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Total Countries

Total Spanish Speaking Population

452,480,979 100.00 % 22

Spanish Speaking Population by Region

Region

Population
(Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

North America 154,276,438 34.10 %
Central America 40,982,389 9.06 %
South America 191,225,429 42.26 %
Islands 24,889,213 5.50 %
Europe 40,491,051 8.95 %
Africa 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00 %
Worldwide Spanish Speaking Population

Spanish Speaking Population by Country

Country

Population
(Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

1. Mexico 109,955,400 24.30 %
2. Colombia 45,013,674 9.95 %
3. United States 44,321,038 9.80 %
4. Argentina 40,677,348 8.99 %
5. Spain 40,491,051 8.95 %
6. Perú 29,180,899 6.45 %
7. Venezuela 26,414,815 5.84 %
8. Chile 16,454,143 3.64 %
9. Ecuador 13,927,650 3.08 %
10. Guatemala 13,002,206 2.87 %
11. Cuba 11,423,952 2.52 %
12. Dominican Republic 9,507,133 2.10 %
13. Bolivia 9,247,816 2.04 %
14. Honduras 7,639,327 1.69 %
15. El Salvador 7,066,403 1.56 %
16. Paraguay 6,831,306 1.51 %
17. Nicaragua 5,785,846 1.28 %
18. Costa Rica 4,195,914 0.93 %
19. Puerto Rico 3,958,128 0.87 %
20. Uruguay 3,477,778 0.77 %
21. Panama 3,292,693 0.73 %
22. Equatorial Guinea 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population by Country
Spanish Speaking Population by Percentage

Spanish Speaking Population in North America

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

United States Washington D.C 44,321,038 9.80 % 28.73% 3
Mexico Mexico City 109,955,400 24.30% 71.27% 11
Total North America 154,276,438 34.10% 100.00%
Spanish Speaking Population in North America

Spanish Speaking Population in Central America

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

Guatemala Guatemala City 13,002,206 2.87 % 31.73 % 67
Honduras
Tegucigalpa 7,639,327 1.69 % 18.64 % 94
El Salvador San Salvador 7,066,403 1.56 % 17.24 % 99
Nicaragua Managua 5,785,846 1.28 % 14.12 % 108
Panama Panama City 3,292,693 0.73 % 8.03 % 135
Costa Rica San José 4,195,914 0.93 % 10.24 % 123
Total Central America 40,982,389 9.06 % 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population in Central America

Spanish Speaking Population in South America

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

Colombia Bogotá 45,013,674 9.95 % 23.54 % 27
Argentina Buenos Aires 40,677,348 8.99 % 21.27 % 29
Perú Lima 29,180,899 6.45 % 15.26 % 41
Venezuela Caracas 26,414,815 5.84 % 13.81 % 45
Chile Santiago 16,454,143 3.64 % 8.60 % 60
Ecuador Quito 13,927,650 3.08 % 7.28 % 65
Bolivia La Paz 9,247,816 2.04 % 4.84 % 87
Paraguay Asunción 6,831,306 1.51 % 3.57 % 101
Uruguay Montevideo 3,477,778 0.77 % 1.82 % 131
Total South America 191,225,429 42.26 % 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population in South America

Spanish Speaking Population in Islands

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

Cuba Havana 11,423,952 2.52 % 45.90 % 73
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 9,507,133 2.10 % 38.20 % 86
Puerto Rico San Juan 3,958,128 0.87 % 15.90 % 127
Total Islands 24,889,213 5.50 % 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population in Islands

Spanish Speaking Population in Europe

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

Spain Madrid 40,491,051 8.95 % 8.95 % 30
Total Europe 40,491,051 8.95 % 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population in Europe

Spanish Speaking Population in Africa

Country or Area

Capital City

Spanish Speaking Population (Number of People)

Percentaje of the Total Spanish Speaking Population

Percentaje of the Regional Spanish Speaking Population

World Rank

Equatorial Guinea Malabo 616,459 0.14 % 0.14 % 164
Total Africa 616,459 0.14 % 100.00 %
Spanish Speaking Population in Africa
Sources: (1) (2)

Bibliography, References and Sources

  • (1) U.S. Census Bureau. International Data Base. Data updated 3-27-2008 (Release notes).
  • (2) Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic or Latino Origin for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (NC-EST2006-03) (not including Puerto Rico) Release Date: May 17, 2007.
  • (3) Internet World Stats. Updated on June 30, 2008.

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