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New data released Thursday by the New Census Bureau shows that Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria.
Between the period of July 2017 and July 2018, the U.S. territory’s population dropped by 129,848 people, marking the largest population drop in the island’s history, according to the Associated Press.
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Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017 and is estimated to have caused nearly 3,000 deaths.
Within the 12-month period, the census data show that there were 6,449 more deaths than births, which is considered a “normal figure” even with the thousands of deaths that immediately followed the hurricane. Many of the excess deaths brought on by the deadly storm were of sick and elderly people who died within...
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