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Puerto Ricans in the United States

FRIDAY, OCT 06, 2017

Building on Social Explorer's examination of Puerto Rico demographics, we turn to Puerto Ricans living in the 50 states. In the aftermath of the hurricane's destruction, many are predicting that more Puerto Ricans will leave the island and resettle in the US, probably near friends and relatives already living there. This large migration, potentially bigger than any other in the island's history, will shape both Puerto Rico and the mainland. 

Social Explorer enables subscribers to explore different ethnic groups within the US. Data on Hispanic and Latino ethnic groups can be further broken down by origin--Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, etc. According to the newly released 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), there are nearly 5.5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 states, about 2 million more than those living on the Island. Data on Hispanic and Latino ethnic groups can be further broken down by origin--Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, etc. Here we focus on Puerto Ricans in the US with Social Explorer's maps and reports

As the following detailed 2011-15 ACS map shows, Puerto Ricans live across the US--all the way to Alaska (6,772) and Hawaii (47,911)--but are especially concentrated in Southern Florida, New York City and several other East Coast cities. For example, Puerto Ricans make up over 20 percent of the population of the Bronx, NY, and nearly 30 percent of the population in Osceola County, Florida. With the new influx of residents, who are already citizens with the ability to vote, these communities could grow and shift the political balance in both local and national elections.

From 1990 to 2016, the US Puerto Rican population has more than doubled from 2,651,815 to 5,450,472.

In addition to custom maps, we now offer Charts by Social Explorer, which enables the user to display data in a variety of interactive formats (graph, bar chart, histogram, pie chart, etc.). Click here for more information.

As the following graph illustrates, the Puerto Rican population increased during this period, but not nearly as quickly as the overall Hispanic population.

Subscribers can learn more about Puerto Ricans in the US with Social Explorer's maps and reports.

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