|Global city cat.:||GaWC Alpha- Global Cities|
|Population (city):||1,607,104 (2013) world: 59|
|Population (metro):||2,208,652 (2001)|
Somewhat counter-intuitively, Barcelona is one of the top destinations in the world for learning Spanish. The language, while officially playing second fiddle to Catalan, can be heard (and used) practically everywhere in the city, save for a few predominantly Catalan-speaking neighborhoods.