Did you know Puerto Rico was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas in 1493 and remained a Spanish colony until 1898? This week we are discussing Puerto Rico employment background check information, PR crime data, and other general Puerto Rico state info in our weekly blog series, “Criminal Data and Employment Background Check Information for Your Favorite State”!
About Puerto Rico*
Puerto Rico Population and Age Distribution. Puerto Rico’s estimated population was 3.7 million. The median age was 37.8 years. 23% of the population was under the age of 18, and 16% was 65 years and over.
Median Household Income. The median income of households was $19,429. The total number of households was 1263694 with an average of 2.87 people.
Puerto Rico Employment and Unemployment Rate. 37.4% of the Puerto Rico population over the age of 15 were employed. The Puerto Rico unemployment rate is 17.3%.
Types of Puerto Rico Employers. The types of employers in Puerto Rico were as follows: 93,837 (8.6%) were self-employed, 255,687 (23.4%) were employed by the federal, state, or local government and 743,633 (67.9%) were employed by the private sector.
Top Five Puerto Rico Industries. The top five industries by percent in Puerto Rico were: Educational Services and Health Care (22.9%), Retail (13.5%), Professional/Administrative/Scientific (9.5%), Manufacturing (9.3%), and Public Administration (9.2%).
Puerto Rico Occupations. Occupations for the population employed (over the age of 15) in Puerto Rico’s private sector were: Business, Science, and Arts (32.1%), Sales and Office (28%), Service (19.9%), Production, Transportation, and Material Moving (10.3%), and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance (9.7%).
Puerto Rico Health Insurance Coverage. 93% of the civilian non-institutionalized population had health insurance coverage (7% had no coverage). Of those with coverage, 41% had private coverage and 58% had public coverage.
Disability. 21% of the civilian non-institutionalized population of Puerto Rico reported a disability. The Puerto Rico disability claim rate was ranked 1st in the country.
For a list of Puerto Rico counties, cities, towns, and county court houses, click here.
Puerto Rico Crime Data*
Total Violent Crimes. Puerto Rico had 10,041 total violent crimes (which ranked 32nd in the nation) and with a violent crime rate of 0.20% (which ranked it 48th among all the states including DC & PR). Of the total number of violent crimes, 978 were murders, 32 were forcible rapes, 6,298 were robberies, and 2,733 were aggravated assaults.
Property Crime. Puerto Rico had 51,679 total property crimes. Of the total number of property crimes, 15,287 were burglaries, 30,545 were larceny/thefts, and 5,847 were motor vehicle thefts.
For more Puerto Rico crime information, please see the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Employment Background Check Products
InstantCriminalChecks.com offers one Puerto Rico employment background check product: a Puerto Rico county criminal background check.
The Puerto Rico county criminal background check will return felony and misdemeanor convictions and some traffic cases. The Puerto Rico municipality criminal check covers deferred judgments over the past seven years. The Puerto Rico county criminal check results are provided within seven to fourteen business days. Additional information such as a release form, place of birth, and/or mothers last name may be requested. The cost of this product is $24.95. For the full description, please visit our Puerto Rico criminal background check webpage.
*Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and FBI. “About Puerto Rico” data is from 2011. “Puerto Rico Crime Data” data is from 2012.