From 2000 to 2010, more than twice as many Puerto Ricans left “La Isla del Encanto” than returned, according to the immigrant-focused Web site, Feet in 2 Worlds. In 2010, there were 3,725,789 people on the island, 82,821 fewer than in 2000. This decrease in population has been attributed to the island’s economic crisis. Though New York has traditionally been home to the largest number of Puerto Ricans outside of the island, Florida has also become a magnet for boricuas, as have states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Census Says Puerto Rico's Population Decreased Over Last Decade
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