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Impact of Hurricane Maria on US Metropolitan Areas

Rain and strong winds from Hurricane Irma battered the island of Puerto Rico on September 6, 2017. Then on September 20, 2017, a deadly Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island, and plunging all of its 3.4 million residents into a desperate humanitarian crisis.

On September 29, 2017, EurekaFacts statisticians and researchers looked at the potential impact of these two hurricanes on Puerto Ricans becoming climate refugees in US metropolitan areas.

Climate refugees from Puerto Rico in US metropolitan areas

➢ The devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria will induce a wave of immigration of Puerto Ricans to the mainland, especially if the restoration of basic living conditions and of the economy is slow.

➢ Immigrants tend to resettle to places where they have families or friends, or where there is a strong presence of diaspora of their place of origin they can rely on to start their new life.

➢ We identified US metropolitan areas in the mainland, with the highest presence of Puerto Ricans as areas who will experience that new waves of climate refugees from Puerto Rico.

➢ The primary metropolitan areas have more than 50,000 Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin and are expected to receive the most influx of Puerto Ricans.

➢ The metropolitan areas identified as secondary have between 10,000 and 50,000 Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin.

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Puerto Rican Population in US


Puerto Rican Population in DMV

Primary metropolitan Areas that will be impacted

US Metropolitan Area with 50,000 or more Puerto Ricans
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metro Area
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area
Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metro Area
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL Metro Area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metro Area
New Haven-Milford, CT Metro Area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
Rochester, NY Metro Area
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area
Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area


Secondary metropolitan Areas that will be impacted

US Metropolitan Area with 10,000 to 49,999 Puerto Ricans

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metro Area
Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY Metro Area
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
Fayetteville, NC Metro Area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area
Jacksonville, FL Metro Area
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metro Area
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area
Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area
Raleigh, NC Metro Area
Richmond, VA Metro Area
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA Metro Area
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area


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