Puerto Rico Sees Historic Population Drop as More Come to U.S.

August 11, 2014 10:46 PM

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Puerto Rico Sees Historic Population Drop as More Come to U.S.

For the first time since the 1700's Puerto Rico's population has seen a historic drop as more islanders have left for the U.S. mainland than any time since the end of World War II. As of 2013, about a third of all people born in the island now live on the mainland, according to a Pew Research report released Monday.

"I would say it's the first time we've seen a sustained population decline in the island even as far back as before Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory," said Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at Pew Hispanic and one of the study's authors, adding that the decline is projected to contin...

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