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Your Puerto Rican Heritage


Puerto Rico is a beautiful Caribbean island off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by blue seas and with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls, and even a tropical rain forest, it is home to over 3 million people. Throughout history, the culture was influenced by the indigenous peoples, the Taino, and years of Spanish conquest and colonization. Known also as the “Island of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico has evolved into a marinade of brightly colored buildings, rich flavors, and tropical music. If you have Puerto Rican Heritage, learning more about Puerto Rico can help you find your ancestors.

The cost of living is about 13 percent higher than on the mainland of the United States. Though the sales tax is 11.5 percent, there are no property taxes on a primary residence, which is something to be happy about!

Temperatures are moderate nearly all year round. For this reason, households can save considerably on electricity, and some people live comfortably without the use of furnaces, air conditioners, or water heaters.

The two most common languages in Puerto Rico are English and Spanish. Both are taught in schools. Though Spanish is spoken in many cultures around the world, Puerto Rico’s version is unique. Puerto Rican Spanish has elements of African languages, Taino words, and of course English phrases.