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Puerto Rico's Information

Flag of Puerto Rico
Land Area 8,870 km2
Water Area 4,921 km2
Total Area 13,791 km2
Population 3,578,056
Population Density 259.45 / km2
Government Type Presidential Democracy; A Self-Governing Commonwealth In Political Association With The Us
GDP (PPP) $131.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $37,700
Currency Dollar (USD)
Largest Cities
  • San Juan (418,140)
  • Bayamon (203,499)
  • Carolina (170,404)
  • Ponce (152,634)
  • Caguas (86,804)
  • Guaynabo (81,360)
  • Mayagueez (78,647)
  • Trujillo Alto (54,189)
  • Arecibo (49,318)
  • Fajardo (34,068)
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A

  • Juan F. Acosta composer
  • Julian Jose Acosta journalist
  • Humberto Acosta-Rosario military private, MIA
  • Jose Miguel Agrelot comedian, radio, television host
  • Alfredo M. Aguayo educator, author
  • Jorge Alberti actor
  • Johnny Albino singer
  • Dr. Ricardo Alegria anthropologist, archaeologist, educator
  • Rafael Alers composer, musician, band leader
  • Carlota Alfaro fashion designer
  • Dr. Miguel Algarin poet, author
  • Dr. Manuel A. Alonso poet, author
  • Tite Curet Alonso composer
  • Aida Alvarez politician
  • Miguel Angel Alvarez actor, comedian
  • Ricardo Alvarez-Rivon creator comic book-magazine
  • Santos P. Amadeo politician
  • Jose Andino y Amezquita journalist
  • Ricardo Aponte Brigadier General, US Air Force
  • Henry Arana composer
  • Maria Luisa Arcelay politician, educator
  • Maria Celeste Arraras journalist, television host
  • Raymond Arrieta comedian, television host
  • Dr. Delma S. Arrigoitia historian, author
  • Francisco Arrivi author, poet, playwright
  • Carmen E. Arroyo politician
  • Domingo Arroyo, Jr. U.S. Marine
  • Juan Alejo de Arizmendi Bishop
  • Chucho Avellanet singer
  • Joseph B. Aviles, Sr. U.S. Navy, Coast Guard
  • Raymond Ayala "Daddy Yankee" singer
  • Charlotte Ayanna actress
B
  • Herman Badillo politician
  • Monolo Badrena percussionist
  • Puchi Balseiro composer
  • Jose Celso Barbosa physician, sociologist, politician
  • Pilar Barbosa educator, historian, political activist
  • Antonio Rafael Barcelo lawyer, politician
  • Tomas Batista sculptor
  • Ivonne Belen documentary movie director, producer
  • Eddie Belmonte jockey
  • Pura Belpre author, puppeteer
  • Wilo Benet chef
  • Eddie Benitez guitarist
  • Felix Benitez engineer
  • Lucecita Benitez singer
  • Maria Bibiana Benitez poet, playwright
  • Rafael Celestino Benitez submarine commander
  • Alejandrina Benitez de Gautier poet
  • Obie Bermudez singer, composer
  • Barbara Bermudo journalist
  • David Bernier fencer, president Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico
  • Angel O. Berriosengineer, politician
  • Ruben Berrios politician, lawyer
  • Jose Berrocal banker
  • Ramon Emeterio Betances nationalist, physician, diplomat
  • Tomas Blanco author, historian
  • Victor Manuel Blanco astronomer
  • Giselle Blondet actress, television host
  • Juan Boria poet
  • Lucy Boscana actress
  • Americo Boschetti singer, composer, guitarist
  • Mariana Bracetti political activist
  • Kristina Brandi tennis player
  • Juan Mari Bras politician
  • Rafael L. Bras civil engineer
  • Giannina Braschi poet

C

  • Antonio Caban Vale "El Topo"singer, composer
  • Jose M. Cabanillas military officer US Navy
  • Jose A. Cabranes jurist
  • Cesar Benito Cabrera politician, ambassador
  • Maria Cadilla women rights activist, author
  • Luis German Cajiga artist
  • Paul Calderon actor
  • Sila Maria Calderon first woman governor, politician
  • Mayra Calvani author
  • Armando Calvo actor
  • Javier Cambre photographer, artist
  • Jose Campeche artist
  • Juan Morel Campos composer
  • Pedro Albizu Campos politician
  • Hector Campos-Parsi composer
  • Blanca Canales political activist
  • Jose Ferrer Canales educator, author, activist
  • Nemesio Canales essayist, poet
  • Norma Candal actress, comedian
  • Luisa Capetillo labor organizer, anarchist
  • Bobby Capo singer, songwriter
  • Jose Caraballo artist
  • Vicente Carattini singer, composer
  • Awilda Carbia comedian, actress
  • Rafael Carrion, Sr. founding father Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
  • Modesto Cartagena US Army officer
  • Marta Casals Istomin musician
  • Braulio Castillo actor
  • Roman Baldorioty de Castro abolitionist
  • Melwin Cedeno actor, comedian
  • Rafael Cepeda composer
  • Iris Chacon singer, dancer
  • Carlos Chardon mycologist
  • Aristides Chavier Arevalo pianist, composer
  • Nitza Margarita Cintron scientist
  • Rosendo Matienzo Cintron political leader, lawyer
  • Jose Miguel Class "El Gallito de Manati" singer
  • Roberto Clemente baseball player
  • Roberto Cofresi pirate
  • Rebekah Colberg athlete "mother of women's sports in Puerto Rico"
  • Edna Coll educator, author
  • Isabel Cuchi Coll journalist, author
  • Ivonne Coll actress
  • Manuela Santiago Collazo politician
  • Oscar Collazo political activist, attempted assassination of U.S. President Harry S. Truman
  • Jesus Colon author
  • Miriam Colon actress
  • Rafael Hernandez Colon politician, former governor
  • Ruth Noemi Colon attorney, politician
  • Ramon Colon-Lopez officer U.S. Air Force
  • Cesar Concepcion musician, composer
  • Rafael Conti Spanish Army officer
  • Carmen Contreras-Bozak interpreter U.S. Women's Army Corps

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

C

  • Angel Cordero, Jr. jockey
  • Ernesto Cordero composer, classical guitarist
  • Federico A. Cordero classical guitarist
  • Paquito Cordero television producer, comedian
  • Rafael Cordero educator
  • Juan R.Correa-Perez scientist
  • Maritza "Ritz" Correia swimmer
  • Juan Antonio Corretjer poet, journalist, political activist
  • Millie Corretjer singer
  • Mapita Cortes actress
  • Mapy Cortes actress
  • Pedro Cortes politician
  • Rafael Cortijo musician, orchestra leader, composer
  • Bobby Cruz singer, minister
  • Eva Cruz volleyball player
  • Nicky Cruz evangelist
  • Waded Cruzado educator
  • Carmen Ana Culpeper first female Secretary Department of Treasury
D
  • Jose Antonio Davila poet
  • Raul Davila actor
  • Virgilio Davila poet, educator, politician
  • Julia de Burgos poet, civil rights activist
  • Federico Degetau politician, lawyer, author
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos educator, philosopher, sociologist
  • Carmelo Delgado lieutenant Spanish Civil War
  • Hector Delgado singer
  • Kamar de los Reyes actor
  • Benicio del Toro actor, film producer
  • Sylvia del Villard actress, dancer
  • Alba Nydia Diaz actress
  • Alberto Diaz, Jr. officer U.S. Navy
  • Ruben Diaz, Sr. politician
E
  • Jose Maria Marxuach Echavarria physician, politician
  • Lydia Echevarria actress
  • Elizam Escobar poet, author, visual artist
  • Rafi Escudero musician, singer, composer, poet, political activist
  • Pedro Espada, Jr. politician
  • Luis R. Esteves founder Puerto Rico National Guard
  • Noel Estrada composer
F
  • Lucy Fabery singer
  • Angelo Falcon political scientist
  • Rene Farrait singer
  • Salvador E. Felices major general U.S. Air Force
  • Cheo Feliciano singer, composer
  • Hector Feliciano journalist, author
  • Jose Feliciano singer, guitarist, composer
  • Fernando Fernandez distiller
  • Ruth Fernandez singer, politician
  • Antonio Fernos-Isern cardiologist
  • Isolina Ferre nun, "Mother Teresa of Puerto Rico"
  • Maurice Ferre politician
  • Rosario Ferre writer, poet, essayist
  • Jose Ferrer actor
  • Luis A. Ferre engineer, industrialist, politician
  • Narciso Figueroa musician
  • Orlando Figueroa mechanical engineer, scientist
  • Rogelio Figueroa politician
  • Elmer Figueroa Arce aka "Chayanne" singer, actor
  • Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano astrophysicist, researcher
  • Adolfo Figueroa-Vinas astrophysicist
  • Pedro Flores composer
  • Luis Fonsi singer, composer
  • Luis Fortuno governor
  • Ramon Frade visual artist, architect
  • Rose Franco chief warrant officer U.S. Marine Corps
  • Felix Franco-Oppenheimer poet


G

  • Eduardo Neumann Gandia historian
  • Jose Andreu Garcia jurist
  • Joxel Garcia physician, four-star admiral U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps
  • Felix Arenas Gaspar captain Spanish Army
  • Gustavo Gelpi jurist
  • Eduardo Georgetti agriculturist, politician, philanthropist
  • Joyce Giraud actress
  • Jenilca Giusti singer, songwriter, actress
  • Obed Gomez artist
  • Ruben Gomez baseball player
  • Tito Gomez singer
  • Wilfredo Gomez boxer
  • Aristides Gonzalez boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Gloria Gonzalez composer
  • Isabel Gonzalez activist
  • Sixto Gonzalez scientist
  • Migene Gonzalez-Wippler author
  • Bruce Gray actor
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach screenwriter, producer
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon ambassador
  • Jackie Guerrido journalist
  • Jose Buscaglia Guillermety educator, sculptor
  • Luis Guinot lawyer, ambassador
  • Luis Guzman actor
H - J
  • Miguel Henriquez privateer
  • Alfredo D. Herger television host, psychologist
  • Diego E. Hernandez U.S. Navy officer
  • Rafael Hernandez composer
  • Giovanni Hidalgo percussionist, educator
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos educator, philosopher, sociologist
  • Anibal Gonzalez Irizarry educator, television journalist
  • Dora Irizarry jurist
  • Ramon Lopez Irizarry educator, scientist
  • Rafael Ithier musician
  • Carmita Jimenez singer
  • Raul Julia actor
L
  • La India singer
  • Anita Lallande swimmer
  • Tito Lara singer
  • Tato Laviera poet
  • Hector Lavoe singer
  • Georgina Lazaro poet
  • Raphy Leavitt composer
  • Hila Levy US Air Force officer
  • Orlando Llenza major general U.S. Air Force
  • Washington Llorens journalist, writer, linguist, scholar
  • Antonio Mattei Lluberas politician
  • Geronimo Lluberas physician, humanitarian, writer, composer
  • Papo Lucca pianist
  • Daniel Lugo actor
  • Juan Francisco Luis politician
  • Lunna singer

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

M
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Malave undercover agent
  • Antonio Maldonado US Air Force officer
  • Evelyn Mantilla politician
  • Benjamin Marcantoni opera singer, actor, composer
  • Hugo Margenat poet
  • Luis Munoz Marin poet, journalist, politician
  • Rene Marques playwright
  • Victor Marrero jurist
  • Ricky Martin actor, singer
  • Ana Maria Martinez opera singer
  • Ladislao Martinez musician
  • Luis Aponte Martinez cardinal
  • Antonio Martorell graphic artist, radio, television personality
  • Francisco Ramirez Medina first president Republic of Puerto Rico
  • Concha Melendez poet, educator
  • Olga A. Mendez politician
  • Ines Mendoza former first lady of Puerto Rico, educator, ecologist
  • Andres Mignucci architect
  • Carlos Albizu Miranda educator
  • Angel Mislan composer
  • Jose Trias Monge jurist, author
  • Yolandita Monge singer
  • Gilberto Monroig guitarist, singer
  • Glenn Monroig composer, guitarist, singer
  • Jacobo Morales actor, writer, director
  • Noro Morales pianist, band leader
  • Rita Moreno actress, singer
  • Jonny Moseley skier, Olympic medalist
  • Rafo Muniz actor, comedian, director, producer
  • Tommy Muniz actor, producer, network owner
N - O
  • William A. Navas, Jr. assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy
  • Ednita Nazario singer, songwriter
  • Hector Andres Negroni historian, aerospace executive, author
  • Alberto A. Nido U.S. Air Force officer
  • Tito Nieves singer, songwriter
  • Antonia Novello physician, former US surgeon general
  • Demetrio O'Daly field marshall Spanish Army
  • Tommy Olivencia band leader
  • Tony Oliver voice actor
  • Denisse Oller broadcaster, journalist, television news reader
  • Francisco Oller artist
  • Ana Maria O'Neill educator, author, women's rights advocate
  • Maria de Mater O'Neill artist, lithographer, educator
  • Elin Ortiz actor, comedian, producer
  • Luis "Perico" Ortiz trumpet player, composer, producer
P
  • Luis Padial soldier, politician
  • Hernan Padilla physician
  • Amalia Paoli soprano
  • Antonio Paoli tenor
  • Raul Papaleo volleyball player
  • Ernesto Pastor bullfighter
  • Antonio S. Pedreira author, educator
  • Jose Enrique Pedreira composer
  • Lourdes Perez poet, songwriter, composer, guitarist
  • Silverio Perez producer, musician, host
  • Joaquin Phoenix actor
  • Alfredo Wiechers Pieretti architect
  • Pedro Pietri poet, playwright
  • Jesus T. Pinero engineer, politician
  • Carlos Ponce actor, singer, composer, television personality
Q - R
  • Luciano Quinones pianist, composer
  • Jose Maldonado Ramon revolutionary
  • Angel Ramos industrialist, founder of Telemundo
  • Mercedes Reaves engineer, scientist
  • Sylvia Rexach composer, singer
  • Carlos Velez Rieckehoff political activist
  • German Rieckehoff president of Puerto Rico Olympic committee
  • Jorge Rigau architect, historian, author, pedagogue
  • John Rivas comic strip creator
  • Graciela Rivera opera singer
  • Jose Rivera playwright, screenwriter

R

  • Luis Antonio Rivera comedian, actor, television host
  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz documentary photographer
  • Gaspar Roca journalist, economist
  • Jose Rodriguez intelligence officer
  • Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez golfer
  • Tito Rodriguez singer, band leader
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez musician, songwriter, producer
  • Roberto Roena percussionist, orchestra leader
  • Monserrate Roman scientist, microbiologist
  • Marta Romero actress, singer, comedian, television pioneer
  • Ana Roque de Duprey educator, suffragist, a founder of University of Puerto Rico
  • Johanna Rosaly actress, singer, television host
  • Willie Rosario musician, composer, band leader
  • Pedro Rossello physician, politician, former governor
S
  • Joe Sanchez author, NYPD officer
  • Luis Rafael Sanchez playwright
  • Manuel Olivieri Sanchez civil rights activist
  • Wilfredo Santa-Gomez author
  • Maria de Lourdes Santiago lawyer, journalist, politician
  • Jorge Santini politician
  • Daniel Santos singer, composer
  • Mayra Santos-Febres author, poet, literary critic
  • Arturo Alfonso Schomburg historian, author
  • Nino Segarra singer, composer, musician
  • Juan Serralles founder of "Don Q" rum
  • Blas C. Silva-Boucher engineer
  • Arturo Somohano composer, symphony orchestra director
  • Luis F Soto film, television director
  • Agustin Stahl physician, scientist
T
  • Manuel Gregorio Tavarez composer
  • Gerardo Teissonniere pianist, teacher
  • Filipo Tirado puppeteer
  • Juan Tizol trombonist, composer
  • Pedro Toledo former FBI agent, lawyer
  • Yomo Toro guitarist, cuatro player
  • Eladio Torres poet, musician, composer, singer
  • Nestor Torres jazz flautist
  • Juan R. Torruella jurist
U - Z
  • Luz Maria Umpierre poet, scholar, human rights activist
  • Diego de Torres Vargas priest, author
  • Ed Vega author
  • Tony Vega singer, band leader
  • Nydia Velazquez US politician
  • Ada Velez boxer
  • Clemente Soto Velez poet, journalist, activist
  • Wilkins Velez singer, composer
  • Juan Evangelista Venegas boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Luis Vigoreaux radio, television host
  • Luisito Vigoreaux actor, producer
  • Irene Vilar editor, author
  • Roberto Sanchez Vilella engineer, former governor
  • Raul G. Villaronga former US army officer
  • Mariano Villaronga-Toro educator
  • Otilio Warrington comedian
  • Mark Watring equestrian
  • Lila Mayoral Wirshing former first lady
  • David Zayas actor
  • Juan Alonso Zayas former Spanish army commander
  • Marcos Zurinaga cinematographer

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