US Census Data Show Significant Population Loss in Puerto Rico in 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2015 estimates  of the population of each state, DC, and Puerto Rico along with previous data from 2014-2010.

According to the analysis, population loss in Puerto Rico during the past year and since 2010 has been considerable.

As of July 2015, Puerto Rico’s population was 3,474,182.  This figure represents 60,706 fewer people than in July 2014.  Since 2010—when Puerto Rico’s population was 3,725,789—the territory’s population has fallen by 251,607 people, or 6.7 percent.

Puerto Rico was the only U.S. jurisdiction to have lost population since 2010.  (The four other U.S. territories are not included the U.S. Census table.)

Puerto Rico’s population peaked in 2004, when it was 3,826,878.  In the last 11 years (2004 to 2015), Puerto Rico’s population’s has fallen by 352,696 people, or 9.2 percent.

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