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Puerto Rico Geography

Puerto Rico's Information

Flag of Puerto Rico
Land Area 8,870 km2
Water Area 4,921 km2
Total Area 13,791km2
Population 3,578,056 (#132)
Population Density 403.39/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

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico consists of the main island, and a series of smaller islands, mostly off its eastern coastline.

Volcanic in origin, the big island is mountainous through its heart. The most significant mountain range "Cordillera Central" contains Puerto Rico's highest point; Cerro de Punta at 1,339 m (4,393 ft).

The coastal areas, north and south are mostly lowlands, fronted by hundreds of miles of sandy beaches.

Rocky cliffs stretch across parts of the northern coastline, and in the north, Puerto Rico's so-called (karst region) contains small caves, caverns, rain forests, sinkholes, waterfalls and underground rivers.

A dozen (rather small) man-made lakes are scattered about, and more than 50 rivers drain the island.

The Puerto Rico Trench, some 70 miles directly to the north, is the largest and deepest trench in the Atlantic Ocean at 8,400 m (27,600 ft).

This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Puerto Rico Trivia

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English and Spanish are the two most widely spoken languages in Puerto Rico. Over 95% of the population speaks Spanish.

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Puerto Rico is not a country but instead an unincorporated territory of the United States.

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What is the Capital of Puerto Rico?

San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico.

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Which Continent is Puerto Rico In?

Puerto Rico is found in the Caribbean Region of North America.

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