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When was Puerto Rico first included in a census of the United States?

Puerto Rico was first enumerated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. War Department in 1899. Puerto Rico has been included as part of the decennial census since 1910. The Census Bureau conducted the first economic census in Puerto Rico in 1909. For more information about the censuses in Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories, visit the Island Areas webpage.

National Archives
This 2010 "Puerto Rico Political Representation Poster" was designed to raise awareness of the 2010 Census
through imagery that demonstrated the impact census data can have on Puerto Rico's communities.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 21, 2014