Languages of Belize

According to the 2010 census, the major languages spoken in Belize include English, Spanish and Kriol, all three spoken by more than 40% of the population. Mayan languages are also spoken in certain areas.

English is the official language and the primary language of public education, though spoken natively by a minority of people as a first language. Spanish is taught in primary and secondary schools as well. Bilingualism is very common. Literacy currently stands at nearly 80%.[citation needed]

Languages spoken in Belize (2010)[1] [2]
Language
speakers
(2010)

percentage
English183,90362.9%
Spanish165,29656.6%
Belizean Creole130,46744.6%
Q'eqchi' Maya17,5816.0%
Mopan Maya10,6493.6%
German9,3643.2%
Garifuna8,4422.9%
Other languages7,8472.7%
N.A.1,5370.5%
Total292,263100%

Major languages by district

English is the major language in the primary and most populated Belize District. Spanish is the most used language in the frontier districts of Cayo, Orange Walk and Corozal. Creole is the main language in the Stann Creek district, and Mayan languages dominate in the southernmost district of Toledo.

Languages spoken by District (2010)[3]
District
Population
English
Spanish
Creole
Mayan
Belize District 95,292 72.5% 34.1% 63.6% 1.2%
Cayo 75,046 66.7% 71.5% 39.9% 6.2%
Orange Walk 45,946 62.2% 85.6% 16.8% 2.3%
Corozal 41,061 54.4% 84.7% 18.9% 2.5%
Stann Creek 34,324 52.0% 39.3% 67.4% 16.3%
Toledo 30,785 47.9% 28.2% 47.2% 68.4%
Total 324,528 62.9% 56.6% 44.6% 10.5%


Other Languages
العربية: لغات بليز
русский: Языки Белиза