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CENSUS: POVERTY REDUCED.

The percentage of persons in Puerto Rico living below the U.S. Federal poverty level has fallen from 58.9% in 1989 to 48.2% in 1999, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, reports El Vocero (June 5, 2002):

Nevertheless, 1.81 million of the island's 3.8 million residents are still defined as "poor", according to Federal Standards. Based on the standards of the 2000 Census, a person age 65 or less is "poor" if his/her annual income is US$8,959 or less; for the 1990 Census, the poverty standard was US$6,310 or less;

The number of families living in poverty also declined between 1989 and 1999, from 492,025 to 450,254. A family of four persons is "poor", according to the Census, if its average annual income is US$17,874; in 1989, the poverty level was US$12,6740.

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