Puerto Rico Population: 2,886,815

Puerto Rico is an island in the United States. The people who live in Puerto Rico are referred to as Puerto Ricans. They are considered to be the citizens of the United States since 1917. The residents can move between the island and the mainland freely. However, since Puerto Rico is not a state, it does not have a vote in the United States. Puerto Rico is usually referred to as Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and is located in the northeastern part of the Carribean, the Dominican Republic is to the east and the U.S Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands, is in the west.

Largest Cities in Puerto Rico by Population 

The largest city in Puerto Rico by population is its capital, San Juan. The other larger cities n terms of population are Bayamon, Carolina, Ponce, Caguas, Guaynabo.

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
San Juan 418,140 Vega Baja 29,325
Bayamon 203,499 Catano 28,093
Carolina 170,404 Barceloneta 22,322
Ponce 152,634 Guayama 21,575
Caguas 86,804 Humacao 20,387
Guaynabo 81,360 Yauco 20,295
Mayagueez 78,647 Cayey 18,494
Trujillo Alto 54,189 Candelaria 17,631
Arecibo 49,318 Manati 16,092
Fajardo 34,068 Aguadilla 16,073
Levittown 29,785

Puerto Rico Population History

The population of Puerto Rico seems to register a decline of 5% in the last decade. This means it ranks 7th in the world in terms of population loss. This is because a lot of people moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland. The number of people living in Puerto Rico was 3,337,000 in 2017. It decreased to 3,195,000 in the year 2018. Florida was the destination to which most of the Puerto Ricans who left the island to go to the mainland settled in.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 2,860,853 -2.47% -72,555 -97,986 44.5 1.22 323 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,794,798,739 141
2019 2,933,408 -3.49% -106,188 -97,986 39.2 1.44 331 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,713,468,100 139
2018 3,039,596 -3.92% -124,071 -97,986 39.2 1.44 343 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,631,091,040 137
2017 3,163,667 -3.64% -119,458 -97,986 39.2 1.44 357 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,547,858,925 136
2016 3,283,125 -2.91% -98,393 -97,986 39.2 1.44 370 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,464,022,049 136
2015 3,381,518 -1.13% -39,665 -48,540 38 1.5 381 N.A. N.A. 0.05% 7,379,797,139 135
2010 3,579,841 -0.29% -10,410 -27,609 34.7 1.72 404 97.40% 3,487,202 0.05% 6,956,823,603 131
2005 3,631,889 -0.20% -7,414 -29,141 33.4 1.85 409 97.60% 3,543,705 0.06% 6,541,907,027 127
2000 3,668,960 0.56% 20,253 -6,090 32.3 1.99 414 97.70% 3,583,840 0.06% 6,143,493,823 125
1995 3,567,696 0.95% 32,908 -59 30.4 2.18 402 96.90% 3,458,246 0.06% 5,744,212,979 123
1990 3,403,154 0.84% 27,995 -11,038 28.6 2.26 384 96.10% 3,269,660 0.06% 5,327,231,061 123
1985 3,263,179 1.09% 34,498 -9,684 26.3 2.46 368 87.10% 2,841,223 0.07% 4,870,921,740 121
1980 3,090,691 1.67% 49,153 -3,916 24.7 2.76 348 70.00% 2,162,366 0.07% 4,458,003,514 121
1975 2,844,927 1.57% 42,644 -8,206 22.7 2.99 321 64.70% 1,840,343 0.07% 4,079,480,606 117
1970 2,631,707 0.97% 24,834 -26,851 21.7 3.41 297 60.10% 1,580,602 0.07% 3,700,437,046 118
1965 2,507,537 1.79% 42,511 -18,317 21.2 4.37 283 53.00% 1,328,040 0.08% 3,339,583,597 110
1960 2,294,982 0.89% 19,893 -41,537 18.5 4.82 259 45.70% 1,049,347 0.08% 3,034,949,748 112
1955 2,195,516 -0.20% -4,497 -67,187 18.5 4.97 248 43.40% 953,627 0.08% 2,773,019,936 110

Puerto Rico Population forecast

The population of Puerto Rico at present is 3.1 million. The forecast is that it would decline over the next 30 year period as more and more people are moving to the mainland. The population is estimated to be 3 million in the year 2024 and is expected to decline further to2.5 million in 2036 and to 2 million in the year 2050.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 2,860,853 -3.29% -104,133 -97,986 44.5 1.22 323 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 7,794,798,739 141
2025 2,906,644 0.32% 9,158 20,006 45.5 1.22 328 N.A. N.A. 0.04% 8,184,437,460 140
2030 2,905,352 -0.01% -258 10,000 46.5 1.22 328 N.A. N.A. 0.03% 8,548,487,400 142
2035 2,799,675 -0.74% -21,135 -10,000 47.7 1.22 316 N.A. N.A. 0.03% 8,887,524,213 144
2040 2,689,202 -0.80% -22,095 -7,501 48.7 1.22 303 N.A. N.A. 0.03% 9,198,847,240 145
2045 2,573,465 -0.88% -23,147 -5,001 49.7 1.22 290 N.A. N.A. 0.03% 9,481,803,274 145
2050 2,445,386 -1.02% -25,616 50.8 1.22 276 N.A. N.A. 0.03% 9,735,033,990 147

Puerto Rico Demographics

Amerindian settlements shape the population of Puerto Rico.

The population of Puerto Rico is 3,195,153. The population growth shows a negative trend averaging -1.32%, owing mainly to emigration to the mainland for economic reasons. The life expectancy of the people is about 78.29 years. The male population is estimated to be around 1,785,171, and the female population is 1,940,618.

Puerto Rico Religion & Politics

The religion is on the rise in Puerto Rico in the present times. It is owing to the partisan politics and the scandals in which public officials are involved in. Christianity is the religion that most of the Puerto Ricons follow nd 85% of them are Roman Catholics. Protestants are also part of the population. But, there is no clear estimate. Religion does influence politics, but how and to what extent is it not quite clear.

Puerto Rico Economy

Puerto Rico’s economy is manufacturing sector-oriented; the primary fields include pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, electronics, and textiles. Service industries like tourism, insurance, real estate, and finance also largely contribute to the economy.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%