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Puerto Rico Facts

Where is Puerto Rico ?
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an archipelago, located in the northeastern Caribbean. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States of American and is situated east of the Dominican Republic and west of United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

What is the capital of Puerto Rico ?
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. It is the most populous city and an important seaport of the Commonwealth. It is also the country's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. Founded in 1509, it is the second oldest European-established city in the Americas.

How big is Puerto Rico ?
The total area of Puerto Rico is 3,515 square miles. It has an estimated population of 3,725,789.

What is the currency of Puerto Rico ?
The official currency of Puerto Rico is American dollar. It is subdivided into 100 cents or pennies. Its ISO 4217 code is USD. It is also one of the world's reserve currencies.

Which is the largest city of Puerto Rico ?
San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is the largest city of the country. It covers a total area of 76.93 square miles and has an estimated population of 395,326. It is situated along the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico.

What is the official language of Puerto Rico ?
English and Spanish are the official languages of Puerto Rico. Spanish is the primary language, while English is taught as a second language.

What is the religion of Puerto Rico ?
The dominant religion in Puerto Rico is Christianity. The first religion of Puerto Rican origin, Mita Congregation, was founded by Juanita Garcia Peraza in 1940. Jews, Muslims, and Tibetan Buddhism constitute the minority in the country.

What is the literacy rate of Puerto Rico ?
The literacy rate of Puerto Rico in 2002 was 94.1%. Adult male literacy rate was 93.9%, while it was 94.4% for females.

Who is the political leader of Puerto Rico ?
Subjected to U.S. jurisdiction and sovereignty, Puerto Rico has a republican form of government. Its head of state is the President of the United States of America. The government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Executive branch is led by the Governor, while the legislative branch comprises the Legislative Assembly and House of Representative. Judicial powers are vested in the Supreme Court.Ricardo Rosselló is the current Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017.

When is the National Day of Puerto Rico celebrated ?
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is celebrated on every second Sunday in June. It is celebrated in honor of the citizens of the country and takes place annually along Fifth Avenue, New York City. July 25, is also celebrated as the Constitution Day. On this day in 1952, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was established. This day is also the anniversary of US troops landing in the Puerto Rican Campaign of the Spanish-American War on July 25, 1898.

What is the economy of Puerto Rico like ?
In 2008, the GDP of the country was $88 billion, while its per capita income in 2010 was $16,300. The economy of the country is largely centered around services and industry, with services sector accounting for 54% of the GDP. It is followed by industry(45%) and agriculture (1%). Unemployment rate stands at 16.1%. Major industries in the country are pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products, and tourism. US, UK, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Japan, and Ireland are the major trading partners.

Last Updated Date: Feb 16, 2017




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