Population tracker unveiled on new gov’t website
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Statistics Institute (PRSI) has launched the State Data Center of Puerto Rico (SDC-PR) website, giving ready access to statistical reports and other data from the U.S. Census Bureau related to the island.
Mario Marazzi Santiago, executive director PRSI, told reporters that the website provides an easier way to peruse some of the most oft-requested reports stemming from the U.S. Census, among them annual population estimates; the Puerto Rico Community Survey, which includes more detailed data such as the poverty index; and official statistics on the decennial census related to Puerto Rican population and housing.
Other statistical resources found at the site (censo.estadisticas.pr) include the government census, which offers data on Puerto Rico’s employment, finance and government structure; and a report dubbed County Business Patterns, which gives basic data on the island’s different industries. Special publications made by the PRSI, such as the Migrant’s Profile Report, are also available.
The home page also features a population clock for Puerto Rico that provides updated numbers on a minute-by-minute basis. “There are other tools in other nations and jurisdictions, but contrary to many of them, our population clock is actually ticking down,” Marazzi Santiago noted. The island’s population currently stands at around 3.4 million, following unprecedented migration in recent years due to Puerto Rico’s troubled economy.
The website, which was developed in-house and with open source software to cut down on costs, also has tools such as dynamic municipal graphs and access to U.S. federal data resources like American FactFinder, Census Explorer and Census Mapper, among others.
The SDC-PR is a U.S. Census Bureau program developed in collaboration with a network comprising 15 entities, among them various campuses of the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez, and the Aguadilla municipal government. In 2013, the PRSI was appointed as the leading government agency in charge of the SDC program in Puerto Rico, Marazzi Santiago added.