Puerto Rico Population 2017

3,660,821

The latest available figures put Puerto Rico’s population at 3,706,690. This is based on a US Census Bureau estimate from July 2011. At the time of writing in 2014, the estimated population is 3.68 million.

You can find out more about the Puerto Rico population in this interactive Census Bureau tool, or you can continue reading for more detailed data and statistics.

If Puerto Rico were a full state in the United States (remember, it is actually a Commonwealth), this would make it the 29th largest state in the US, sandwiched between Oklahoma and Connecticut. It is, by some considerable distance, the largest US territory - the next largest being Guam with a population of 159,358.

Puerto Rico Population Decline

The figures above show that the population of Puerto Rico has begun to decline after a long period of steady and fairly rapid growth (as can be seen in this table).

The last full US census results, from 2010, showed that there were 3,725,789 people in Puerto Rico, so the population decrease was 19,099 in a single year. The previous census, conducted in 2000, showed that at that point, Puerto Rico had 3,808,610 people, so as well as losing just over 100,000 people in a decade, it appears as though the rate of population reduction is actually increasing.

There are a number of reasons for this decline including lower birth rates and lower death rates as the island becomes more prosperous. Increased emigration to the continental United States is also a factor, as people move to improve their economic prospects and sometimes – because Puerto Rico is a densely populated territory – to improve quality of life in other ways.

Largest Cities in Puerto Rico

The largest city in Puerto Rico is San Juan, the island’s capital. It has a population of 395,326, making it the 46th largest city in the USA.

Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated areas of the United States and, as a result there are quite a few other fairly large towns and cities on the island.

The second largest city is Bayamon, which has 208,116 people and is the 103rd largest city in America. Other major cities include Carolina (176,762), Ponce (166,327) and Caguas (142,893).

Puerto Rico Population in 2018Source: Breezy Baldwin

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Puerto Rico Population Growth

About Puerto Rico

Official NameCommonwealth of Puerto Rico
Languages SpokenSpanish, English
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude18.25-66.5
Currencies UsedUSD

Puerto Rico Population Density

Name Population
San Juan418,140
Bayamon203,499
Carolina170,404
Ponce152,634
Caguas86,804
Guaynabo81,360
Mayagueez78,647
Trujillo Alto54,189
Arecibo49,318
Fajardo34,068
Levittown29,785
Vega Baja29,325
Catano28,093
Barceloneta22,322
Guayama21,575
Humacao20,387
Yauco20,295
Adjuntas19,483
Cayey18,494
Candelaria17,631
Manati16,092
Aguadilla16,073
Rio Grande13,467
Dorado13,117
Isabela12,505
San German12,055
Vega Alta12,036
Coamo11,940
Hormigueros11,934
San Sebastian11,590
Corozal11,297
Cabo Rojo10,839
Utuado9,844
Pajaros9,466
Juana Diaz9,427
San Lorenzo9,373
Isabel Segunda9,301
Guanica9,224
Gurabo8,973
Sabana Grande8,961
Aibonito8,947
Juncos8,905
Canovanas8,437
Luquillo8,326
San Isidro8,071
Campanilla7,757
Arroyo7,520
Santa Isabel7,260
Lares7,184
Yabucoa6,952
Penuelas6,847
Las Piedras6,655
Ceiba6,576
San Antonio6,456
Salinas6,375
Ceiba6,277
Sabana Seca6,247
Puerto Real6,166
Anasco6,136
Estancias de Florida5,972
Candelaria Arenas5,854
Coco5,803
Punta Santiago5,803
Ingenio5,664
Florida5,652
Hatillo5,622
Quebradillas5,620
Lajas5,255
Guayanilla5,213
Santa Barbara5,168
Adjuntas5,080
Cidra5,067
Moca4,964
Comerio4,649
Naguabo4,643
Aguas Buenas4,576
Villalba4,555
Toa Alta4,483
Loiza4,311
Patillas4,247
Camuy4,240
Aguada4,040
Jayuya3,587
Ciales3,256
Barranquitas3,021
Morovis2,414
Maunabo2,154
Naranjito2,005
Toa Baja1,889
Rincon1,499
Culebra1,486
Maricao1,172
Las Marias1,031
Orocovis944

Puerto Rico Population Clock

What is the population of Puerto Rico (as of 12/12/2017)?3,660,821
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)3,663,131
Births Per Day108
Deaths Per Day80
Net Migrations Per Day -42
Net Change Per Day -14
Population Change Since January 1st-4,844

Puerto Rico Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.7 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.996 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -4.179 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 80.02 years
Male Life Expectancy 76.15 years
Female Life Expectancy 83.746 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.48 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.714 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.053 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 5.539 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 6.47 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.867 years
Rate of Natural Increase 2.704
Median Age (Total) 39.5 years
Median Age (Female) 41.4 years
Median Age (Male) 37.5 years

Puerto Rico Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20173,663,13148.07%51.93%413134-0.14%
20153,673,72848.06%51.94%414134-0.23%
20103,716,69348.06%51.94%419131-0.26%
20053,765,39948.01%51.99%425128-0.17%
20003,796,97748.13%51.87%4281230.58%
19953,689,64148.25%51.75%4161200.96%
19903,517,97548.43%51.57%3971230.87%
19853,369,67948.86%51.15%3801191.12%
19803,187,67148.68%51.32%3591181.69%
19752,931,88648.88%51.12%3311161.59%
19702,709,84149.00%51.00%3061151.01%
19652,577,52448.96%51.04%2911111.82%
19602,355,57049.43%50.57%2661110.94%
19552,247,41549.80%50.20%2531100.26%
19502,218,00050.23%49.77%2501070.00%

Puerto Rico Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20203,650,60848.09%51.91%4121340.00%
20253,623,42148.14%51.86%409134-0.15%
20303,592,74848.22%51.78%405135-0.17%
20353,543,77848.31%51.69%400136-0.27%
20403,474,43448.42%51.58%392139-0.39%
20453,386,03948.55%51.45%382139-0.51%
20503,281,90448.68%51.32%370142-0.62%
20553,168,82248.81%51.19%357142-0.70%
20603,048,85648.92%51.08%344143-0.77%
20652,922,95849.03%50.97%330144-0.84%
20702,792,19349.12%50.88%315144-0.91%
20752,658,10649.19%50.81%300144-0.98%
20802,522,94349.26%50.75%284144-1.04%
20852,390,00849.31%50.69%269147-1.08%
20902,262,35749.38%50.62%255147-1.09%
20952,143,01149.46%50.54%242147-1.08%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer