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Population Growth by Year for the Forums Largest

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Here are some statistics of population growth estimates for the forums Top 5 largest metropolitan areas. If you have any data for San Juan, Ponce and Mayaguez from 1970 to 1999 please let me know because i'd like to add the information into this thread. Historical information like that in the US Census seems hard to find for PR, unfortunately.

Honolulu MSA, Hawaii

Date Population

2005: 905,266

2004: 899,562

2003: 893,075

2002: 886,220

2001: 879,343

2000: 876,156

1999: 878,906

1998: 886,909

1997: 886,711

1996: 883,443

1995: 881,399

1994: 878,591

1993: 870,348

1992: 863,959

1991: 850,510

1990: 836,231

1989: 831,337

1988: 824,072

1987: 818,447

1986: 810,444

1985: 804,294

1984: 797,791

1983: 789,097

1982: 776,075

1981: 767,573

1980: 762,565

1979: 753,400

1978: 740,500

1977: 735,000

1976: 726,600

1975: 717,200

1974: 706,500

1973: 692,500

1972: 674,300

1971: 642,700

1970: 630,528

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Anchorage, Alaska

Date Population

2005: 275,043

2004: 274,067

2003: 271,216

2002: 267,674

2001: 263,642

2000: 260,283

1999: 259,348

1998: 257,232

1997: 252,700

1996: 250,710

1995: 251,981

1994: 252,278

1993: 250,163

1992: 245,623

1991: 235,137

1990: 226,338

1989: 225,374

1988: 224,371

1987: 225,170

1986: 229,965

1985: 226,848

1984: 220,254

1983: 211,028

1982: 195,216

1981: 180,969

1980: 174,431

1979: 178,800

1978: 179,600

1977: 177,000

1976: 174,500

1975: 165,000

1974: 152,400

1973: 147,300

1972: 143,200

1971: 134,600

1970: 126,385

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San Juan CSA, Puerto Rico

Date Population

2005: 2,694,909

2004: 2,683,383

2003: 2,671,499

2002: 2,658,545

2001: 2,644,070

2000: 2,622,876

1999:

1998:

1997:

1996:

1995:

1994:

1993:

1992:

1991:

1990: 2,429,378

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Ponce-Yauco-Coamo CSA, PR

Date Population

2005: 448,660

2004: 447,681

2003: 446,712

2002: 445,809

2001: 444,553

2000: 442,244

1999:

1998:

1997:

1996:

1995:

1994:

1993:

1992:

1991:

1990: 342,660

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Mayag

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Like you said,its hard to find population estimates for puertorican cities...lotta people is leaving the country so I think many are decreasing their population

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That's cool i was hoping maybe someone knew of a governmental site there that would have similar info. :(

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San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico

Date Population

2005: 428,591

2004: 430,257

2003: 431,868

2002: 433,167

2001: 434,106

2000: 434,374

Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico

Date Population

2005: 182,387

2004: 183,251

2003: 184,137

2002: 185,065

2001: 185,856

2000: 186,475

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Although, that people continue to leave PR the population is still growing. According to the Census PR's population grew from 3,808,610 in 2000 to approximately 3,912,054 in 2005. It seems that whats going on in these examples is that people are moving from the city to the burbs a common trend that continues in many American cities despite renewed interest to move back into the city. However, you are right about large numbers of people leaving because growth is really slow for a population base that is this large.

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there is A LOT of people leaving PR mostly to Central Florida, but this is not entirely to blame for the numbers, they are also moving outside the metro area to find cheaper housing... Is very common to have people commute 90 minutes to 2 hours daily to come to work to San Juan.

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joel,the Metro Area of Puerto Rico is the only area that grows by more than 1% every year.

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^It's also where nearly all of the immigrants that move to Puerto Rico choose to go to from the stats i've seen. San Juan is definately the Alpha-City. It used to be that way for Honolulu in Hawaii too but now a large portion of the annual immigrants are moving to the other islands namely Maui and the Big Island especially on the westside.

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Yup,true.But in Hawaii almost everybody is an immigrant and over here theres not many people from other countries(except DR).

BTW: The immigrant population is growing in Mayaguez,Ponce and Arecibo.So many dominicans...

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Interesting. BTW are the Dominicans that are moving to PR using it as a stepping stone to later move on to NYC? The reason why i ask is because from what ive read about many Cuban immigrants among one of the indirect routes that they've been using to get to the U.S. is the Cayman Islands or one of those caribbean islands before moving on to the U.S.

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Interesting. BTW are the Dominicans that are moving to PR using it as a stepping stone to later move on to NYC? The reason why i ask is because from what ive read about many Cuban immigrants among one of the indirect routes that they've been using to get to the U.S. is the Cayman Islands or one of those caribbean islands before moving on to the U.S.

Dominicans that comes to Puerto Rico usually (not all of them but the majority) stays in the island, thats why PR has a big Dominican community specially in the Santurce area of San Juan and also in the west coast due to the proximity with the Dominican Republic, besides many of them already have families here. In the other hand during the last year there has been a increasing number of Cubans arriving the island through Mona Island in Western Puerto Rico and their final destination is the US. Since Mona Island is part of PR and we are a US territory once they set foot on it they can stay here and since Mona Island is a natural reserve is easier to get to the US through there (although is more far) than through the canal between the Keys and Cuba because there's less surveillance from the US Border Patrol.

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^Very interesting info, thanks for sharing. BTW what are some of the noticeable differences between Dominicans and Puerto Ricans that would make them stand out in a crowd? Is it mainly by accent or? I know the Puerto Rican Spanish accent is fairly distinct in my opinion from most other Spanish speakers with the sort of swallowing of "S's" but i've never really heard Dominican Spanish or been around many to distinguish them from most other Caribbean Hispanos. :dontknow:

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^Very interesting info, thanks for sharing. BTW what are some of the noticeable differences between Dominicans and Puerto Ricans that would make them stand out in a crowd? Is it mainly by accent or? I know the Puerto Rican Spanish accent is fairly distinct in my opinion from most other Spanish speakers with the sort of swallowing of "S's" but i've never really heard Dominican Spanish or been around many to distinguish them from most other Caribbean Hispanos. :dontknow:

Well basically Caribbean Hispanos are just Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. The spanish is the same just regional differences or the slang of each country. The accent in terms of pronunciation is different that is mainly what stands out when you here a Puerto Rican or a Dominican speaking. Besides in PR I like to say that we dont speak spanish. What we speak over here is spanglish because the island is so americanized. Usually we say sandwich, parking, mall, printer instead of emparedado, estacionamiento, centro comercial, impresora. About the s thing I do that myself but not always for example in Im in an interview I dont swallow the s. Another thing that some Puerto Ricans do mainly the ones who live in Central PR is to pronounce the r like french people do. Is awsome to see that although PR is small here are some differences in words use to refer to the same thing. For example people in Ponce called the nickel "ficha" (I think or its the dime) but in the rest of the island its a "vellon" or "vellon de diez" for the dime. Also trash bags are called in some places "fundas" but in other areas "bolsas". I dont want to imagine what would happen if PR were bigger.

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Thanks for all the info Jaykar. BTW why is there a fairly large Puerto Rican population in the Virgin Islands? What attracted many to move there? I would think that there would be more opportunities in PR than the VI?

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People are payed better in the Virgin Islands.Virgin Islands are so quiet and have no problems(unlike PR).VI are more turistic too,so many of the puertoricans that move there are retired..

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Thanks for all the info Jaykar. BTW why is there a fairly large Puerto Rican population in the Virgin Islands? What attracted many to move there? I would think that there would be more opportunities in PR than the VI?

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Hmm.. I wonder why the pay is higher over there? Is it mainly because its a more expensive destination so they charge more? I would've guess that PR would've been better for opportunities because it seems like it has a more diversified economic sector. :huh:

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Hmm.. I wonder why the pay is higher over there? Is it mainly because its a more expensive destination so they charge more? I would've guess that PR would've been better for opportunities because it seems like it has a more diversified economic sector. :huh:

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If only it could be reversed! :P But maybe it's seen as a good thing by people in PR? Less crowding and resource consumption, perhaps?

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Especially Saint Croix has lots of puerto ricans

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