For immediate release: September 17th, 2018
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[New York, NY] The Puerto Rican population growth three times (2.5%) as fast as that of the U.S. population as a whole (0.8%), according to data just release by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. This growth pattern among Puerto Ricans is similar to that of the Hispanic population as a whole (2.5%), which contrasts with the slight decline in the non-Hispanic white population (-0.1%), and the slower increase in the non-Hispanic black population. Puerto Rican population growth in the United States contrasts markedly also with the decline in population in Puerto Rico. Between 2016 and 2017, Puerto Rico lost an estimated 74,000 people, or 2.2% of its population. These estimates are based on newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Puerto Rican population growth in the United States is driven evenly by the natural growth of its population as well as by migration from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican population growth in selected states is driven also by internal migration from other states. As a result, Florida, has become the state of the union with the most Puerto Ricans. The Puerto Rican population in Florida is estimated to be, 1,128,000; followed closely by New York, with 1,113,000. Growth as the state level has also been evident elsewhere in the northeast (Massachusetts) and in the southeast (North Carolina), as has been the trend for a number of decades. However, rapid growth in the Puerto Rican population has also been evident in the Midwest (Indiana) and the northwest corner of the country (Washington), underscoring the growing dispersion of the Puerto Rican community throughout the United States.
“These latest data cement previous trends among Puerto Ricans and anticipate trends to come,” said Dr. Edwin Meléndez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. “Puerto Ricans continue to grow and disperse throughout the United States. The island of Puerto Rico continues to lose population, a trend that will continue and will accelerate as a result of the unresolved economic and institutional crises in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. You will see more Puerto Ricans in the United States.”