ERIC Number: ED480678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Children in Puerto Rico: Results from the 2000 Census. A KIDS COUNT/PRB Report on Census 2000.
This report provides data on children in Puerto Rico based on the 2000 U.S. Census. It compares the situation of Puerto Rico's children with that of children living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, noting how characteristics of Puerto Rican children have changed over time. Between 1990-2000, the number of Puerto Rican children decreased 5 percent, while the number of U.S. children increased 14 percent. This decline related to declining Puerto Rican fertility rates and migration of Puerto Rican families to the U.S. mainland. In 2000, about 27 percent of Puerto Rican families with children were headed by females, an increase from 22 percent in 1990. The percentage of female-headed households was highest in Puerto Rico's urban areas. In 1999, over half of Puerto Rico's children lived in poverty, while the U.S. child poverty rate dropped from 18 to 16 percent during the 1990s. Puerto Rico's high school dropout rate decreased from 22 to 14 percent between 1990-2000, while the U.S. dropout rate was 10 percent in 2000. Dropout rates tended to be highest in Puerto Rico's rural areas. About one-third of adult Puerto Rican women were in the labor force in 2000, compared to 58 percent of U.S. women. Child poverty rates tended to be highest in Puerto Rico's rural communities. (Contains 13 tables/figures and 42 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Census Figures, Child Care, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Rate, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Family Income, Migration, One Parent Family, Population Trends, Poverty, Puerto Ricans, Rural Areas, Socioeconomic Status, Urban Areas
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.kidscount.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico