Approximately 97,000 people moved from the island to the United States in 2017, according to the United States Census Bureau, which today published the latest estimates of the investigation into the community of Puerto Rico.
These statistics relate to the information collected during the 2017 calendar year and include social, economic and housing characteristics for Puerto Rico and municipalities with a population of 65,000 or more.
While the study revealed that 20 thousand people did it in the opposite direction, resulting in a net migration flow of -77 thousand people.
Since the beginning of the study in 2005, this migration movement has been highest, both in absolute and in net terms.
This data will be further described in the Institute's Migrant Profile 2017, which will be published in the coming months.
On the other hand, the median household income in Puerto Rico declined by 3.7% between 2016 ($ 20,078) and 2017 ($ 19,343).
Household income categories showed that 60% of households had an income of less than $ 25,000.
Almost half of this (29%) had an income of less than $ 10,000.
In 2017, 44% of the people and 41% of the families were below the poverty level. In families where the woman is head of the household without a man present, the percentage was 59%.
Puerto Rico had a GINI index of 0.55, positioning itself as the jurisdiction with the largest inequality in income distribution compared to other jurisdictions in the United States.
The GINI index measures inequality, where a value of 0 is a perfect income distribution and a value of 1 is a completely unequal distribution.