A COMPARISON OF MEXICO’S INDIGENOUS-SPEAKING POPULATIONS BETWEEN 2000 AND 2005 
Copyright © 2006, by John P.  Schmal
 

Language 2000
Persons 5 years and older who speak language
2000
Percentage of people  5 years and older who speak language
2005
Persons 5 years and older who speak language
2005
Percentage of people  5 years and older who speak language
Aguascalientes  1,244 0.2 2,713 0.3
Baja California   37,685 1.9  33,604 1.4
Baja California, Sur 5,353 1.4 7,095 1.6
Campeche 93,765 15.5 89,084 13.3
Coahuila de Zaragoza    3,032 0.2 5,842 0.3
Colima  2,932 0.6 2,889  0.6
Chiapas   809,592 24.7 957,255 26.1
Chihuahua  84,086 3.2 93,709 3.4
Distrito Federal   141,710 1.8 118,424 1.5
Durango  24,934 2.0 27,792 2.1
Guanajuato 10,689 0.3 10,347 0.2
Guerrero   367,110 13.9 383,427 14.2
Hidalgo   339,866 17.3 320,029 15.5
Jalisco  39,259 0.7 42,372  0.7
México    361,972 3.3 312,319 2.6
Michoacán de Ocampo   121,849 3.5 113,166 3.3
Morelos  30,896 2.3 24,757  1.8
Nayarit  37,206 4.6  41,689  5.0
Nuevo León   15,446  0.5 29,538 0.8
Oaxaca  1,120,312 37.2  1,091,502 35.3
Puebla   565,509 13.1 548,723 11.7
Querétaro Arteaga    25,269 2.1 23,363 1.7
Quintana Roo   173,592 23.1 170,982 19.3
San Luis Potosí 235,253 11.7 234,815 11.1
Sinaloa   49,744 2.2 30,459 1.3
Sonora    55,694 2.9 51,701 2.5
 Tabasco   62,027 3.7 52,139 3.0
Tamaulipas   17,118 0.7 20,221  0.8
Tlaxcala    26,662 3.2 23,807 2.5
Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave    633,372 10.4 605,135 9.5
Yucatán    549,532 37.4 538,355 33.5
Zacatecas    1,837 0.2 3,949 0.3
Mexican Republic    6,044,547 7.2 6,011,202 6.7


THE EVOLUTION OF MEXICO’S INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES FROM 1970 TO 2005
Copyright © 2006, by John P. Schmal

Primary Languages  1970 1990 2000  2005   2005 - % of all Indigenous
Languages Spoken
Náhuatl     799,394 1,197,328 1,448,936 1,376,026 22.89%
Maya    454,675 713,520 800,291 759,000 12.63%
Mixtec Languages    233,235 386,874 446,236  423,216 7.04%
Zapoteco Languages   283,345 403,457  452,887  410,901 6.84%
Tzeltal    99,412  261,084 284,826 371,730 6.18%
Tzotzil     95,383 229,203 297,561 329,937 5.49%
Otomí    221,062 280,238 291,722  239,850 3.99%
Totonaca     124,840 207,876 240,034 230,930 3.84%
Mazateco    101,541 168,374 214,477 206,559 3.44%
Chol  73,253 128,240 161,766 185,299  3.08%
Huasteco  66,091 120,739 150,257 149,532 2.49%
Chinanteca Languages   54,145 109,100 133,374 125,706   2.09%
Mixe 54,403 95,264  118,924  115,824  1.93%
Tarahumara  25,479  54,431 75,545  75,371 1.25%
Mazahua  104,729 127,826  133,430  111,840  1.86%
Purépecha   60,411 94,835  121,409  105,556 1.76%
Zoque  27,140  43,160  51,464 54,004  0.90%
Amuzgo  13,883  28,228  41,455  43,761 0.73%
Tojolabal  13,303  36,011 37,986 43,169  0.72%
Chatino  11,773 29,006 40,722 42,791   0.71%
Popoluca   27,818  31,254 38,477 36,406  0.61%
Huichol  6,874 19,363 30,686  35,724  0.59%
Mayo  27,848 37,410 31,513 32,702 0.54%
Tepehuano  5,617 18,469 25,544 31,681  0.53%
Cora  6,242 11,923 16,410 17,086  0.28%
Huave   7,442 11,955 14,224 15,993 0.27%
Tlapaneco 30,804  68,483  99,389 98,573 1.64%
Yaqui   7,084 10,984 13,317 14,162 0.24%
Cuicateco  10,192 12,677 13,425 12,610  0.21%
Other Languages 63,997  308,768 179,699 278,685  4.64%
Total Indigenous Speakers in Mexico 
 
3,111,415 5,282,347 6,044,547 6,011,202 100%


Source: http://www.hispanicvista.com/HVC/Columnist/jschmal/083006jpschmal.htm

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