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Hurricane Fiona made landfall on September 19, 2022 and struck Puerto Rico’s southwest coastal municipalities leaving millions without power and inundating communities. The storm arrived five years after the island experienced the devastation of Hurricane Maria, and two years after earthquakes caused massive damage to the southwest coast. This page will serve as a hub of information on Puerto Rico’s ongoing disaster recovery efforts by providing data accessibility and directory of initiatives and organization.

Data Highlights

Puerto Rico's Aging Population

  • 40% of Puerto Rico’s senior age population lives at or below the poverty line. This is disproportionately higher than the fifty states where the poverty rate for seniors is 9.4% overall and 7.9% among Latinos.
  • The percentage of senior-age population is growing. The proportion of seniors is up 6% from 2017. Since Hurricane Maria, the senior age population grew across all municipalities, with the exception of Fajardo.
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Puerto Rico's Disabled Population

  • Puerto Rico’s disabled population is not equally distributed geographically. Instead, there are various pockets of disabled communities. Of all Puerto Rican municipalities, Guanica had the highest total percentage of disabled population at 37.5%.
  • There are 3 barrios in Puerto Rico where 100% of the population is estimated to have a disability in 2019: Algarrobo barrio in Yauco, Juaca barrio in Jayuya, and the Collores barrio in Orocovis.
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2010 to 2020 Puerto Rican Population Changes

  • Puerto Rico's population dropped by -11.8% between 2010 and 2020. A historic loss of 440,000 individuals in a 10-year span.
  • For the first time population losses were reported across all municipalities, with San Juan showing the greatest overall loss.
  • Population loss for non-hispanic residents was disproportionately lower, at only 1.3%.



Rebuild Puerto Rico Web Map

RebuildPR Web Map Application is an interactive data and mapping tool developed by Center for Puerto Rican Studies to support post disaster reconstruction in Puerto Rico. Its goal is to provide data for policy makers, researchers, on the ground non-profits, and community leaders to the rebuilding efforts of Puerto Rico’s post-2017 disasters. With this web map application, users can access over 150 geospatial layers on Puerto Rico’s agriculture, demographics, economy, natural disaster events, critical infrastructure, housing, energy, and education. Users can create map and track trends overtime. Centro’s RebuildPR Web Map Application is a user-friendly and publicly-available web map application tool.