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Statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau's Puerto Rico Community Survey show that the median household income for Puerto Rico and most of its 10 largest municipios held steady after the most recent recession. Puerto Rico's median household income was $19,518 during the post-recession period of 2010 to 2012, statistically unchanged from 2007 to 2009.
Among the island's 10 largest municipios, only three showed statistical differences — all decreases — between the recession period of 2007-2009 and the post-recession period of 2010-2012. The median household income (in 2012 inflation-adjusted dollars) in the San Juan Municipio decreased from $24,565 during the recession to $22,734 post-recession, the Bayamón Municipio decreased from $26,760 to $23,848, and the Ponce Municipio decreased from $18,204 to $16,930.
The Puerto Rico Community Survey provides annual statistics on more than 40 topics, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs, for every community in Puerto Rico on its interactive American FactFinder tool. The Puerto Rico Community Survey is similar to the American Community Survey, which can show statistics for Puerto Ricans living elsewhere in the U.S. For example, Puerto Ricans in the New York metro area — which has the most Puerto Ricans of any metro area in the U.S. — had a median household income of $36,613.
"The Puerto Rico Community Survey is unique in that it gives detailed information for small geographic areas every year," said Mario Marazzi, executive director of the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics. "This information is used by researchers, students and private companies in their work and by the government to disperse federal funding to Puerto Rico."
Among topics available with today's release, the Puerto Rico Community Survey shows the variation in education levels and labor force participation across the island using data collected from 2010 to 2012:
The American Community Survey also has statistics regarding Puerto Ricans living in the United States. For example:
The release includes:
Additionally, Census Explorer, a new interactive mapping tool, paints a portrait of how neighborhoods within Puerto Rico have changed over the past two decades.
The Puerto Rico Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the island. The Puerto Rico Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.
The survey is the only source of local statistics with popular topics that covers educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, veteran status, health insurance and selected monthly homeowner costs. With this release, the statistics are now available in Spanish. They were previously released in English.