Puerto Rico: US Census Shows Population Still in Decline

Inquisitr, January 3, 2014

Puerto Rico’s population was on a steady decline throughout 2013.

According to the most recent US Census, the territory lost 36,459 residents between July 2012 and July 2013. This represents about one percent of the entire population and marks the third year in a row that Puerto Rico has experienced a marked decline.

Citizens apparently started leaving the country en masse back in 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, 34,628 reportedly fled the country. This number jumped a bit between 2011 and 2012, a period that saw 35,035 residents leave the territory. As of 2012, approximately 3.6 million call Puerto Rico home.

Why are people leaving the territory by the tens of thousands? Cato Institute policy analyst Juan Carlos Hidalgo told the US News and World Report that Puerto Rico’s economic instability is currently forcing people to look for work elsewhere. The unemployment rate was reportedly perched at 14 percent as of November.


He added, “The problem with Puerto Rico’s economy is mostly homemade. They have a huge public sector that through all the years overspent.”

Many residents are fleeing the territory in search of jobs in mainland US as a result of Puerto Rico’s eight-year recession. Although the unemployment rate started to improve back in 2011, things started to look extremely grim once again in 2012.


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  • Citizens apparently started leaving the country

    PR is a country? That’s news to me.

    Cato Institute policy analyst Juan Carlos Hidalgo told the US News and World Report that Puerto Rico’s economic instability is currently forcing people to look for work elsewhere.

    You mean Hispanics don’t result in economic prosperity? That should be news to the open borders all the live long day Cato Institute. And what about that Republican territorial governor PR had for awhile, the one the WSJ said was so wonderful and creating near utopia on the island.

  • D.B. Cooper

    An island that is only 100 miles wide, with 3,667,084 people, can lose half of its people, and it would still be overcrowded. So, a declining population is a BAD thing for that place?
    Well, I have a solution. Howz about importing about 200,000 Haitians into San Juan?
    What do you think about that, Haysoos?

    • Rhialto

      I feex you up with my fren, Bessy May Coolow.

    • Extropico

      That would make the Haitians into US citizens with full rights to invade the mainland and be on US taxpayer welfare on the island or here. It isn’t only Haysoos who wouldn’t like that.

    • pcmustgo

      i’ve been to Puerto Rico twice. It never struck me as being over-crowded at all.

      • Rick Brooks

        You got 9 million in Haiti, so compared with that cesspool of poverty PR is under populated.

  • bigone4u

    The only Puerto Rican I’ve ever known was a part black female grad student who used her ethnicity to advance herself in the academic world in New Orleans. Very mediocre, although she replaced a competent white man in the professoriate. My impression of her was that she was better fitted to janitorial work, but the diversity cult thought otherwise.

  • Funruffian

    Puerto Rico is only half as bad as your typical African nation. The positive difference is that half of the aggregate DNA of its inhabitants are of a higher IQ, sense of order, responsibility and civility.

    • Rhialto

      Another factor was the massive movement after WWII of the most intelligent, best educated, and most ambitious to the US. I knew of many who came over in 1940’s and 1950’s and merged smoothly into the population.

    • So CAL Snowman

      They can’t ALL be Jennifer Lopez.

  • Druid

    And its finances are beginning to look like Detroit’s.
    Well, nothing surprising about that. puerto ricans all come from slave stock. So it’s understandable they’d louse up their finances like any other blacks…

  • Spartacus

    Good. I hope they all get section 8 housing wherever Obama got the most votes.

    • Rick Brooks

      I hope they all get sec. 8 housing where Obama got the most **white** votes. I’m sure liberals will be delighted by all the gangs, fatherless children, noisy cars etc. these people will enrich their neighborhoods with.

  • MBlanc46

    I thought that this might be good news. It turns out to be terrible news. They’re all coming here. Damn William McKinley.

    • IstvanIN

      Every war after the Mexican-American war has been a disaster for the US.

      • Bossman

        The Mexican-American war was land grab by the USA. These kinds of wars are the most profitable for the winners.

        • Extropico

          And the White Iberians who still control Mexico stole it from their native Indians. That doesn’t mean Mexico’s Indians have a legal right to be Americans.

        • IstvanIN

          And it was profitable up until 1980 or so.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Don’t blame McKinley. If you want to blame those who really deserve it try William Randolph Hearst, Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt.
      The Spanish-American war was one of the biggest mistakes this country has ever made. It’s result was some short-lived, feel-good cheap thrills and a century’s worth of trouble. McKinley, who was a Civil War veteran (Ohio artillery) tried to avoid it as did the Republican House Speaker Thomas Reed of Maine who was also a Civil War veteran (Navy). Reed referred to the capture of the Phillipines as “picking Malays at $2 ahead”.

      Also, whenever there’s discussion of whether Puerto Rico should remain a Territory or become a state or an independent country, my opinion is that we should give it all back to Spain. Throw in some cash to sweeten the deal, maybe. Just get rid of it.

  • dd121

    But they’ve told us that creating government jobs and government spending creates wealth, employment and prosperity. How could that go wrong?

  • WR_the_realist

    Puerto Rico has long had extraordinarily high welfare rates. It was obviously only a matter of time before they blew up financially.

  • kenfrombayside

    Time to unilateral give Puerto Rico it’s long deserved independence. The inhabitants may, per US law, be labeled US citizens but they aren’t Americans. These people are, indeed, a nation in the sense that boriquens have a shared language, culture and history. Why is this welfare island considered part of the US?