PUCERRIA, Puerto Rico—Population figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau put Puerto Rico’s population at 3.1 million.
The latest figure, for the U and M population, is the highest for Puerto Rico since at least 2001, and is more than triple the 1.2.5 million people counted in 2015.
The Puerto Rican government says it expects to officially count 2.7 million residents by April 15, and the U Census Bureau says it’s too early to say how many people actually live on the island.
“The population numbers were very high, and we don’t have a lot of time to be able to fully analyze them,” said Eric Wicherts, assistant director of the Census Bureau’s Bureau of the Economic Census.
“What we know is that we have about 3.3 million residents.
That’s pretty good.
It’s not as good as we would like.”
In 2017, the population of Puerto Rico was estimated at 2.9 million.
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S.-designated U.N. territory and the fourth-largest U.K. territory.
Wicterts said he was confident that the population numbers in Puerto Rico are not higher than what was reported in the previous census.
“They’re not high enough to be a major concern, but we don�t know what they will be in 20, 30 years, so it is important to be prepared,” he said.
“There’s a lot that we don`t know yet.
We have to wait and see.”
The new numbers show that Puerto Rico has an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent and a poverty rate of 23.6 percent, according to data from the U: Poverty is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, and there are more people living in poverty than in higher income brackets.
Puerto Ricans are also more likely to live in households with children than people in the United States.