Puerto Rican Population by County
Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin are a growing population in the 50 U.S. states and District of Columbia. About half of Puerto Ricans live in the Northeast, but the South, especially Florida, is home to a growing share of this group. Of the nation’s 358 counties with at least a thousand Puerto Rican residents in 2010, only five – all in the greater New York metropolitan area – experienced declines in their Puerto Rican populations between 2000 and 2010.
Five counties with largest population in 2010
- Bronx County, NY 298,921
- Kings County, NY 176,528
- Orange County, FL 149,457
- Cook County, IL 133,882
- Philadelphia County, PA 121,643
- Bronx County, NY 319,240
- Kings County, NY 213,025
- Cook County, IL 130,414
- New York County, NY 119,718
- Queens County, NY 108,661
Notes: Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin are based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to a question on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. People who are of Puerto Rican origin could be born on the island of Puerto Rico, on the U.S. mainland or in another country. County populations for mainland-born and island-born Puerto Ricans are approximate. See about the data in Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland.
Sources: 2006-2010 5-year American Community Survey data and 2010 and 2000 decennial censuses Summary File data