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Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
StatusDependency (Commonwealth)
Social and Moral Index0 best
CapitalSan Juan
Land Area 8 870 km21
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

2. Puerto Rico National and Social Development

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

Social and Moral Development
6New Zealand83.4
16Hong Kong78.9
Data Source

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. 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" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

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 below7:

Folk Religion0.8%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%8.


4. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Parent page: The Human Truth Foundation

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#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

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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
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Mar 24.

(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

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) accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  7. 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.^
  8. CIA (2013) accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. WHO (2014) Appendix 1. Alcohol Per Capita Consumption in liters of pure alcohol, 15+ years age population, consumed in 2010. Lower is better.^
  10. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  11. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  12. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2011.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2008.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2010.^

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