Though politicians on both sides of the immigration issue spend significant time discussing the influx of Latino immigrants across the nation’s southern border, a recent Pew Research Center study suggests the nation’s culture is shifting in a different, more pronounced direction.
With bilingual signage and documents readily visible from coast to coast, it might seem logical to assume Spanish is rapidly gaining on English as the nation’s dominant language. Using sheer numbers, the argument makes sense; however, the recent study showed Arabic is spreading many times faster throughout the country than any other language — including Spanish.
Pew found residents 5 years old and older speaking Arabic in the home rose by a staggering 29 percent between 2010 and 2014. That rise is in comparison to a more modest six percent increase in the prevalence of Spanish-speakers.
Furthermore, of the more than 1 million U.S. residents speaking Arabic, nearly 4 in 10 do not speak English proficiently.