SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – New U.S. Census numbers show that Puerto Rico’s population is dropping as the U.S. territory struggles to retain people during an economic recession.
The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that the island’s total population fell from about 3.7 million in 2010 to 3.6 million in 2013.
Sixty-eight of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities saw a decline from July 2010 to July 2013. The biggest drops came in the capital of San Juan and cities on the island’s west and south.
The government has said more than 450,000 people have left the island in the past decade. The majority are settling in U.S. states including New York and Florida.