Information About Puerto Rico

The total estimated population is 3,808,610. Density is low at 1,112 person per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 3,650,195; Black: 3,064,862; American Indian: 302,933; Two or More Races: 260,011; Asian: 13,336; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 7,960; Other Race: 1,093; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 3,808,610 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 109,581 foreign born residents, of which 42.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Dominican Republic: 61,455; Cuba: 19,021; Colombia: 3,807; Spain: 3,800; Mexico: 2,699; Venezuela: 1,971; Panama: 1,453; U.S. Born: Northeast: 179,932; Midwest: 26,094; South: 20,446; West: 7,036;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Puerto Rico Most Common US Birthplaces in Puerto Rico

The sex distribution is 48% male and 52% female. The median age is 32 years.

Age Distribution

There are 321,276 married couples with children and 271,488 single-parent households (3,012 men, 268,476 women).

The median household income is $14,412 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Puerto Rico: $14,412;

48% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Puerto Rico: 48%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 593,294; Government: 226,717; Self-employed: 66,401; Unpaid family work: 5,104; Occupation: Sales and office: 260,317; Management, professional, and related: 255,417; Professional and related: 162,630; Service: 150,657; Office and administrative support: 141,944; Production, transportation, and material moving: 141,327;

Work Types in Puerto Rico Common Occupations in Puerto Rico

The average commute time is 32 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 626,578; Car or truck (carpooled): 163,579; Public transportation: 48,322; Walked: 36,834; Worked at home: 15,964; Bicycle: 2,249; Motorcycle: 970;

Transportation to work methods in Puerto Rico

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Puerto Rico.

There are 1,418,476 housing units, of which 1,187,701 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 919,769; Renter: 341,556; Vacant: 157,151; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 345,348; Not Mortgaged: 574,421;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Puerto Rico

The median single family home value is $75,100.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Puerto Rico: $625;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Puerto Rico: $251;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 4.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 38,743; 1940 to 1949: 52,758; 1950 to 1959: 122,561; 1960 to 1969: 294,243; 1970 to 1979: 356,671; 1980 to 1989: 269,528; 1990 to 1994: 130,367; 1995 to 1998: 120,443; 1999 to March 2000: 33,162;

5.9% of homes lack plumbing and 23.8% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

No Fuel: 735,148; Electricity: 392,034; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 113,118; Solar: 16,493;