Puerto Rican Americans

Puerto Rican American Heritage Month, November – more info

About: On March 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, which granted the people of Puerto Rico U.S. citizenship.

Puerto Rican American(Spanish: puertorriqueño-americanopuertorriqueño-estadounidense) is a term for residents in the United States who were born in or trace family ancestry to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans who were born in Puerto Rico are American citizens as if they were born in the states. Consequently, using the term Puerto Rican American only for those living in the continental United States is inaccurate and misleading.

At 10% of the Latino population in the United States, Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Latino groupnationwide, after Mexican-Americans, and are 1.5% of the entire population of the United States.

Although the 2010 Census counted the number of Puerto Ricans living in the States at 4.6 million, estimates in 2012 show the Puerto Rican population to be over 5 million.

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