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Population
  2010 2011
Population 3,725,789 3,706,690
State Rank (X) (X)
Median Age 36.9 37.4
Total 8 year-olds 48,340 46,009
Boys 24,757 23,644
Girls 23,583 22,365
Total 9 year-olds 52,546 47,532
Boys 27,092 24,374
Girls 25,454 23,158
Total 10 year-olds 53,810 51,131
Boys 27,558 26,335
Girls 26,252 24,796
Total 11 year-olds 50,865 53,122
Boys 26,135 27,264
Girls 24,730 25,858
Total 12 year-olds 54,239 51,201
Boys 27,469 26,292
Girls 26,770 24,909
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 79.2% 80.1%
Car Pool 10.2% 8.8%
Public Transportation 2.5% 2.9%
Work at Home 2.4% 2.5%

Geography
Capital San Juan
Largest City San Juan
Second Largest City Bayam˘n
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 1,088.2

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 978 987
Amusement Parks 5 11
Fast-Food Restaurants (NA) 2,737
Toy Stores 50 78
Video/Disc Rental Stores 88 68
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 1 1
Candy & Nut Stores (NA) 36
Pet & Pet Supply Stores (NA) 65
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 8 11

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Population 1950: 2,210,703
  • Population 2000: 3,808,610

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Isle of Enchantment
  • Flower: Puerto Rican Hibiscus
  • Tree: Kapok
  • Bird: Stripe-headed Tanager

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.