Population under age 18

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Why This Indicator Matters

The decrease in childhood population presents a challenge to the island's economic and fiscal sustainability. Research has established that aging of the population strains government resources due to increased health care and pension costs. In the case of Puerto Rico, this fiscal strain will be potentially aggravated by a significantly smaller revenue base due to the losses in child population. In only 10 years Puerto Rico has lost one third of its children population. 
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Definitions: Number: People under 18 years old living in a specific geographical area.
Percent: Population percentage of children under 18 years in a specific geographical area. 


Data Source: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: June 2017

Footnotes: In the case of Puerto Rico, this fiscal strain will be potentially aggravated by a significantly smaller revenue base due to the losses in child population.