Spanish is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region of Spain.
Approximately 406 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of it's number of native speakers worldwide.
It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language.Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur.
Despite of not being it's native language, the U.S is the 5th country in the World with more Spanish speakers. This puts the U.S ahead of countries like Peru, Venezuela and Chile! There are surely a lot of bilinguals at the U.S,