Puerto Rico is a set of islands in the Caribbean Sea, classified as an unincorporated, unorganized territory of the United States. Unlike most of the United States, the primary language spoken by most of the population is Spanish. It has long been the subject of an ongoing attempt at becoming a US state. Use this tag for questions about the island's politics and efforts to change its status, such as proposals for US statehood or independence.
Puerto Rico was a Spanish territory acquired by the united-states in 1898. It is a US territory today. US travel to and from the island is considered domestic. People born in Puerto Rico are considered naturalized US citizens. However, Puerto Ricans cannot vote in any national elections, only local ones.
Puerto Rico has recently suffered from a debt crisis that required Congressional action. That has sparked renewed interest in making the island into a state.