1990: Puerto Rican Population in Philadelphia Reaches New High

Family sitting together

Image from the archives of Taller Puertorriqueño

In 1990, Philadelphia’s population was 1,293,967—of which almost 7% were Hispanic/Latino (89,193). “Port Richmond (19134) had 7,112 Hispanics in 1990; two decades later, it had 26,807. The zip codes that gained the most Hispanics and Latinos from 1990 to 2010 were Frankford (19124), Port Richmond (19134), Olney (19120), Fox Chase (19111) and Oxford Circle/Mayfair (19149)” (Pew Charitable Trust, 2011).

Written by Flor Jazmin Gutierrez. Gutierrez, until recently the Membership and Gift Shop Manager at Taller Puertorriqueño, has worked with a variety of Latino cultural organizations, including Cascarones Por La Vida and the Smithsonian Latino Center, in development and research.

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