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Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


#charity #homosexuality #morals #research #science

Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
StatusDependency (Commonwealth)
CapitalSan Juan
Land Area 8 870km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Life Expectancy
ISO3166-1 CodesPR, PRI, 6302
Internet Domain.pr3
CurrencyDollar (USD)4

1. Overview

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Christopher COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status with the US, but the results of a 2012 vote left open the possibility of American statehood.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverPuerto Rico is the fodder of many a Caribbean daydream for good reason: this natural jewel box can satisfy the lethargic beach bum, the sunrise rainforest explorer and the budding big-wave surfer. Golden sand, swashbuckling history and wildly diverse terrain make the sun-washed backyard of the United States a place fittingly hyped as the `Island of Enchantment.´ It´s the Caribbean´s only island where you can catch a wave before breakfast, hike a rainforest after lunch and race to the beat of a high-gloss, cosmopolitan city after dark.

Between blinking casinos and chirping frogs, Puerto Rico is also a land of dynamic contrasts, where the breezy gate of the Caribbean is bedeviled by the hustle of contemporary America. While modern conveniences make it simple for travelers, the condo-lined concrete jungle might seem a bit too close to home. A quick visit for Puerto Rico´s beaches, historic forts and craps tables will quicken a visitor´s pulse, but the island´s singular essence only reveals itself to those who go deeper, exploring the misty crags of the central mountains and crumbling facades of the island´s remote corners.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

2. Puerto Rico National and Social Development


Social & Moral
Development Index
Pos.Higher is better
127Puerto Rico48.6
129Saudi Arabia48.3
130Korea, N.48.2
131Timor-Leste (E. Timor)48.1
World Avg54.1

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life.

As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

3. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Folk Religion0.8%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%10.


4. The Internet

#internet #the_internet

Internet Users (2016)11
Pos.Higher is better11
2Faroe Islands99%
28Korea, S.86%
31Puerto Rico83%
World Avg48.1%
IPv6 Uptake (2017)12
Pos.Higher is better
66Puerto Rico0.2
68S. Africa0.1
World Avg3.82

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

5. Public Health Issues

#alcohol #health

Alcohol Consumption (2010)13
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita13
84Costa Rica5.4
85Antigua & Barbuda5.4
87Puerto Rico5.4
World Avg6.2

6. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent

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References: (What's this?)

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On

(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2018) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2018). Accessed 2018 Aug 22.

Lonely Planet
(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.

World Health Organisation. (WHO)
(2014) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. A copy can be found on the WHO website. Accessed 2015 Jan 04. It "presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States" and was published in Geneva on 2014 May 12.


  1. World Bank data on accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  3. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on^
  4. According to ISO4217.^
  5. According to ITU-T.^
  6. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  7. Lonely Planet (2014). Chapter "Puerto Rico".^
  8. "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2018)^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. accessed 2017 Mar 10.^
  12. % of internet access via native IPv6 compared to IPv4. As of 2017 Jun 20, from Accessed 2017 Jun 20.^
  13. WHO (2014). Appendix 1. Alcohol Per Capita Consumption in liters of pure alcohol, 15+ years age population, consumed in 2010. Lower is better.^
  14. Charities Aid Foundation. Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  15. Sources:^

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