Puerto Ricans Leaving Island in Record Numbers: Latest Figures

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This Sept. 23, 2014 photo, shows an aerial view of the Santurce neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The area had deteriorated in the 1970s as people moved out to suburbs near San Juan. Many who stayed behind were immigrants, mostly from the Dominican Republic and often living in large blocks of public housing dominated by drug gangs amid surging crime in the 1990s. Now a new generation of young islanders are reinvesting in the area. Ricardo Arduengo / AP

Puerto Ricans have been leaving the island and going to the mainland U.S. at record numbers since before the Recession, but the pace at which they're leaving has accelerated, according to new analysis from Pew Research.

In 2014, 84,000 people left the island for the U.S. mainland, a 38 percent increase from 2010, according to an analysis of American Community Survey census data.

Aside from the fact that more people are leaving, fewer Puerto Ricans are moving to Puerto Rico from the mainland than in years past, leading to more than double the net population loss that the island had in 2010.

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While Puerto Ricans had started to leave the island in high numbers since 2005, the migration has picked up since 2010, reports Pew's Jens Manuel Krogstad.

The Puerto Rican government is trying to improve its serious financial situation, though bills in Congress to restructure some of Puerto Rico's debt have not advanced. The Treasury and other administration officials have been working with island officials to try to come up with ways to raise tax revenues and stabilize some of the losses as the government has said it may run out of cash in November.

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