SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. Census Bureau says Puerto Rico's population has dropped nearly 10 percent since 2004.
The agency said Tuesday that 3.47 million people were living in the U.S. territory as of July. Officials said the island saw a record high population of 3.8 million people in July 2004.
Puerto Rico is struggling to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump and a $72 billion public debt load the governor has said is unpayable. The exodus of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland has increased in recent years as the local government has imposed new taxes, cut certain services and increased utility rates.
More than 200,000 people are estimated to have left the island between 2010 and 2014.