Capital: San Juan
Population: 3,195,153 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: San Juan
Gross Domestic Product (GDP):
How Puerto Rico got its name:
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Puerto Rico State Symbols
State Nickname: Isle of Enchantment
State Motto: John is his name
State flower: Puerto Rican hibiscus
State bird: Stripe-headed tanager
State tree: silk-cotton tree
Becoming a State
Date admitted: NA
Number admitted: NA
Prior Name: NA
Postal Abbreviation: PR
The Geography of Puerto Rico
Total Size: 3,492 sq. miles
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Cerro de Punta at 4,390 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Ponce District (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 78 Municipalities
Bodies of Water:
- Puerto Rico is not a state, it is an unincorporated territory of the United States. It is located in the Caribbean Sea.
- Puerto Rico has both Spanish and English for its official languages.
- The island is very hilly, 75% of the island is made up of mountains or hills.
- The famous boy band, Menudo, is from Puerto Rico.
- Puerto Rico's largest city is San Juan. San Juan is the oldest city in US territory. It was founded by Ponce de Leon in 1521.
- It is around the size of the state of Connecticut.
- The island's mascot is a tiny tree frog called the coquí.
- La Iglesia de San Jose is the oldest church still in use in the Americas.
- Cabo Rojo is known for its tailors and is called the Town of Tailors.
- The Tainos were living on Puerto Rico when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493.
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