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The Population of Puerto Rico Exceeds the Populations of 20 States

The information in this article was updated on June 25th, 2020.

Puerto Rico’s population has been dwindling throughout the 21st century, and is now down to just about 3.2 million, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

This puts Puerto Rico’s population among U.S. States and territories just between Utah and Idaho. Puerto Rico’s population is larger than 20 states, all the other U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C.

Here are the states outnumbered by Puerto Rico:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

The most populous state in the Union is California, with 40 million residents. The smallest is Wyoming, with fewer than 600,000 residents and a negative growth rate of 1% per year. Both Wyoming and California have two senators, and Wyoming has the minimum three electors in the electoral college.

2 thoughts on “The Population of Puerto Rico Exceeds the Populations of 20 States”

  1. Unfortunately, this article is 3 years old and the data is inaccurate. Immigration from PR to USA has been huge in last three years; thus, you should update your data!

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