The Two Pew Graphs Showing That Third-Generation Latino Parents Speaking Spanish to Their Kids Is Declining

Apr 4, 2018
3:51 PM

In case you missed it, Pew Research published a study on Monday about how U.S. Latino parents across different generations are using (or not using) Spanish with their children.

This first chart shows that as one moves up the generations, more and more Latino parents are less likely to encourage their children to speak Spanish:

As Pew states:

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.

This second chart shows how third-generation Latino parents speak less Spanish to their children:

You can read the full report here.