Puerto Rico, which has been under U.S. sovereignty for over a century, has been accepted into the
as the 51st state. The 112 Congress passed legislation providing for the admission of Puerto Rico as a State of the United States Union.
Official Statehood: April 1, 2012.
Legal Requirements: Article IV, Section Three of the
Population: 3,751,351 (ranks 29th among the other 50 states).
Initially Proposed Statehood: President Gerald R. Ford proposed statehood in 1976, Ronald Reagan also favored statehood.
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