Number of Puerto Rican People in the United States

In this article, we will explore the demographic data of Puerto Rican people in the United States, and look at historical data to see whether the Puerto Rican population is growing or declining.

First, let's take a look at the population of Puerto Rican people in the United States for the last 5 years.

Total U.S. Puerto Rican Population

Population Year
5,629,268 2019
5,527,605 2018
5,418,521 2017
5,275,008 2016
5,174,554 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2019 the total Puerto Rican population has increased by 454,714 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of Puerto Rican people by 2023 could be 6,083,982.

Total U.S. Puerto Rican Population By State

We can also look at the data for Puerto Rican people in each individual state and whether the Puerto Rican population increased or decreased between 2015 and 2019.

For more details on the historical population figures for each state, click the link in the table below.

State 2015 2019 Change (%)
Alabama 14,524 21,688 49.33%
Alaska 6,772 7,427 9.67%
Arizona 38,540 49,316 27.96%
Arkansas 5,594 7,446 33.11%
California 209,771 221,536 5.61%
Colorado 28,546 35,679 24.99%
Connecticut 278,670 291,843 4.73%
Delaware 25,868 24,543 -5.12%
District of Columbia 4,528 6,145 35.71%
Florida 977,995 1,137,632 16.32%
Georgia 86,792 100,970 16.34%
Hawaii 47,911 46,650 -2.63%
Idaho 3,614 4,793 32.62%
Illinois 198,272 203,068 2.42%
Indiana 35,528 41,626 17.16%
Iowa 5,879 7,103 20.82%
Kansas 10,502 12,518 19.20%
Kentucky 14,238 16,039 12.65%
Louisiana 13,961 15,486 10.92%
Maine 5,708 5,947 4.19%
Maryland 48,295 55,176 14.25%
Massachusetts 297,089 327,501 10.24%
Michigan 43,770 47,174 7.78%
Minnesota 13,075 15,286 16.91%
Mississippi 8,745 9,736 11.33%
Missouri 15,117 15,429 2.06%
Montana 2,233 2,443 9.40%
Nebraska 4,243 6,108 43.95%
Nevada 24,374 28,414 16.58%
New Hampshire 12,729 17,483 37.35%
New Jersey 471,035 476,373 1.13%
New Mexico 8,059 8,678 7.68%
New York 1,111,700 1,089,823 -1.97%
North Carolina 87,863 106,247 20.92%
North Dakota 1,412 2,875 103.61%
Ohio 110,348 128,745 16.67%
Oklahoma 13,806 13,939 0.96%
Oregon 11,137 13,973 25.46%
Pennsylvania 422,154 463,341 9.76%
Puerto Rico 3,433,356 3,175,779 -7.50%
Rhode Island 37,189 44,552 19.80%
South Carolina 34,739 38,644 11.24%
South Dakota 1,730 2,337 35.09%
Tennessee 26,105 32,134 23.10%
Texas 163,417 205,087 25.50%
Utah 7,594 11,738 54.57%
Vermont 2,963 2,283 -22.95%
Virginia 91,027 103,443 13.64%
Washington 30,950 36,126 16.72%
West Virginia 4,481 6,991 56.01%
Wisconsin 52,658 58,692 11.46%
Wyoming 1,304 1,042 -20.09%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, from the United States Census Bureau. The latest year for the ACS is currently 2019.

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