For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) for Puerto Rico — a measure of the commonwealth’s ability to withstand natural disasters and other challenges .

Restricted microdata from the 2019 1-year Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) and small area estimation methods show Puerto Rico’s population had high levels of social vulnerability, indicating it would have trouble bouncing back in the event of a natural disaster.

Nearly half — 46.1% — of Puerto Rico’s population was estimated to have three or more risk factors ranging from poverty to age, more than double the estimated share […]

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