Florida Continues to Grow as the State with the Largest Puerto Rican Population
The Puerto Rican population grew in the U.S. from 5.5 million in 2017 to 5.8 million in 2018, this is an addition of 202,790 Puerto Ricans in a one-year span. This continued population trend is mainly attributed to the massive exodus of Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and natural growth of the population (greater birth than deaths) is also a contributing factor to the stateside Puerto Rican population growth in 2018. These data are based on recently release estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for the year 2018. The 2018 ACS collects information from January through December of that calendar year.