Central Florida was the top destination of Puerto Ricans moving from metro San Juan to the mainland two years ago.
New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 6,200 Puerto Ricans moved to metro Orlando from the island’s capital in 2013.
The New York metro area was the next most popular destination, with 3,800 former San Juan residents moving there.
Puerto Ricans have been leaving the island in the wake of a severe economic crisis.
Unlike the previous “Great Migration” from the 1950s, more Puerto Ricans are choosing to move to Florida over the northeast.
The other top destinations for San Juan residents leaving Puerto Rico were South Florida and metro Tampa.
Overall, the largest migration into Florida came from Caribbean residents moving to South Florida.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.