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More Puerto Ricans live in the 50 states than in Puerto Rico

July 14, 2009 | 10:37 am

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center published yesterday shows that there are now more Puerto Ricans living in the 50 United States than on the island itself.

"Some 4.1 million Puerto Ricans resided in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in 2007, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. That is a slightly greater number than the population of Puerto Rico itself in 2007, which was 3.9 million.

"Puerto Ricans are the second-largest population of Hispanic origin residing in the United States, accounting for 9.1% of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2007. Mexicans constituted 29.2 million, or 64.3%, of the Hispanic population. "