The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790, and Puerto Rico has been a part of this count since 1910.
The results of the census can help shape the future of your community. They help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are used locally for new hospitals, housing and food assistance, emergency management and disaster relief, new schools, and more.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities based on guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
To complete the 2020 Census, you will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and anyone who lives with you. The Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers. In fact, workers have sworn an oath for life to keep your information confidential.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 operations in Puerto Rico. Here's how the new timeline will work in Puerto Rico:
In 2010, the total population of Puerto Rico was 3,725,789.
In 2010, 52.5 percent of the population in Puerto Rico was made up of women. According to the census, there were 1,940,618 women, and 1,785,171 men.
When completing your census, you should count everyone who is living in your home on April 1, 2020. That means everyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. This can include extended family members and friends who are living in your home.
We understand that you might have questions about whether to count someone as you fill out your questionnaire. Don’t worry: We have answers. Visit Who To Count to see how certain people are counted, including:
Visit Counting People in Group Living Arrangements for more information on how the Census Bureau counts people in college dorms, shelters, nursing facilities, and more.
Contact the regional census center serving Puerto Rico.