Puerto Rico is closer to becoming a state than ever before in history. So here are ten quick facts about the state of Puerto Rico:
- When Puerto Rico becomes a state, it will be the 33rd territory to become a state, and the 51st State of the Union.
- With 3.5 million residents, Puerto Rico will be the 29th most populous state, a little smaller in population than Connecticut but larger than Iowa.
- Puerto Rico is, and still will be, about the same size in square miles as Connecticut.
- Puerto Rico will have 5 voting members in Congress. Right now, as a territory, Puerto Rico has one non-voting member.
- Puerto Rico will have 2 senators, just like every other state.
- The residents of Puerto Rico will be able to vote not only in the presidential primaries, as they can right now, but also in presidential elections. As a territory, Puerto Rico has no electoral votes and residents of Puerto Rico can’t vote in presidential elections.
- With both English and Spanish as official languages, Puerto Rico will be the second state to have two official languages. The United States does not have an official language.
- Puerto Rico will not be the state with the largest number of Spanish speakers — that will be New Mexico. It will also not be the state with the largest Hispanic population — that’s California.
- Puerto Rico’s state song will be “La Borinquena.” New Jersey is the only state with no state song. Arkansas has four state songs and New Mexico has five.
- Puerto Rico currently has 9 public holidays. The U.S. has 10 federal holidays, but the federal government does not set holidays for states; each state sets its own holidays.