Sunday, April 1, 2012


Puerto Rico, which has been under U.S. sovereignty for over a century, has been accepted into the United States as the 51st state. The 112 Congress passed legislation providing for the admission of Puerto Rico as a State of the Union.

Facts on Puerto Rico:

Official Statehood: April 1, 2012.

Legal Requirements: Article IV, Section Three of the United States Constitution conditions have been met. Admitted into the union by the 112th Congress.

Population: 3,751,351 (ranks 29th among the other 50 states).

Representation: Puerto Rico will have five seats in the House of Representatives.

GDP: Puerto Rico has a GDP per capita approximately 25% lower than the lowest state.

Initially Proposed Statehood: President Gerald R. Ford proposed statehood in 1976, Ronald Reagan also favored statehood.

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