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Nearly 1 in 3 Texans speaking Spanish at home

A U.S. Census Bureau report says nearly one out of 3 Texans speak Spanish at home, a rise attributed to an increasing number of immigrants coming from Mexico.

Other studies suggest that children of Spanish-speaking immigrants are increasingly likely to also speak English as they come up through the American public school system.

The census report said 30% of Texans in 2007 were speaking Spanish in their homes, an increase of 3%age points from 2007. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 1.3 million people spoke Spanish in 2007, compared with 890,000 in 2000.

The increases come at a time when 12% of the U.S. population was born outside of the country. A third of those, or 12 million people, were born in Mexico.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that one out of 5 people speak Spanish in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

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