Arecibo, PR

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
177,570
1.66% 1-year decline
2020 Median Age
43.1
1.89% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
46.3%
2.75% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$18,917
5.36% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$94,800
1.15% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
52,135
1.59% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Arecibo, PR had a population of 178k people with a median age of 43.1 and a median household income of $18,917. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Arecibo, PR declined from 180,567 to 177,570, a −1.66% decrease and its median household income grew from $17,954 to $18,917, a 5.36% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Arecibo, PR are White (Hispanic) (78.6%), Other (Hispanic) (12.8%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.61%), Black or African American (Hispanic) (2.78%), and White (Non-Hispanic) (0.548%).

None of the households in Arecibo, PR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

The largest universities in Arecibo, PR are University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (672 degrees awarded in 2020), Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (633 degrees), and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (133 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Arecibo, PR was $94,800, and the homeownership rate was 69.6%.

Most people in Arecibo, PR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Arecibo, PR was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

In 2020, there were 6.15 times more White (Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Arecibo, PR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.7k Other (Hispanic) and 8.18k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Arecibo, PR
  1. White (Hispanic)
    140k ± 2.34k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    22.7k ± 2.1k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    8.18k ± 1.14k
99.2%
Hispanic Population
176k people

In 2020, there were 6.15 times more White (Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Arecibo, PR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.7k Other (Hispanic) and 8.18k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

99.2% of the people in Arecibo, PR are hispanic (176k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    51,432 ± 5,524 people
  2. Cuba
    10,896 ± 2,558 people
  3. Colombia
    3,744 ± 1,501 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Puerto Rico was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 51,432 Puerto Rico residents, followed by Cuba with 10,896 and Colombia with 3,744.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,167 ± 224
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    681 ± 216
  3. Korea
    662 ± 195

Arecibo, PR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Arecibo, PR employs 52.1k people. The largest industries in Arecibo, PR are Retail Trade (8,149 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,707 people), and Manufacturing (5,737 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($33,116), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($26,704), and Public Administration ($24,874).

Males in Puerto Rico have an average income that is 1.11 times higher than the average income of females, which is $31,123. The income inequality in Puerto Rico (measured using the Gini index) is 0.451, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

52.1k
2020 Value
± 2,001
1.59%
1 Year growth
± 5.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Arecibo, PR grew at a rate of 1.59%, from 51.3k employees to 52.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arecibo, PR, are Sales & Related Occupations (7,388 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,559 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,246 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arecibo, PR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

52.1k
2020 Value
± 2,001
1.59%
1 Year growth
± 5.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Arecibo, PR grew at a rate of 1.59%, from 51.3k employees to 52.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arecibo, PR, are Retail Trade (8,149 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,707 people), and Manufacturing (5,737 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arecibo, PR, though some of these residents may live in Arecibo, PR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$16,920
Median earning men ± $536
$16,333
Median earning women ± $638

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($28,125), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($25,885), and Public Administration ($25,796).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($23,598), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($22,048), and Construction ($21,639).

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Establishments by Size

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In 2020, universities in Arecibo, PR awarded 1,681 degrees. The student population of Arecibo, PR in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 2,877 male students and 5,185 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arecibo, PR are Hispanic or Latino (1,667 and 99.2%), followed by White (9 and 0.535%), Unknown (2 and 0.119%), and Asian (1 and 0.0595%).

The largest universities in Arecibo, PR by number of degrees awarded are University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (672 and 40%), Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (633 and 37.7%), and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (133 and 7.91%).

The most popular majors in Arecibo, PR are Registered Nursing (269 and 16%), General Microbiology (102 and 6.07%), and Radio & Television Broadcasting Technology (81 and 4.82%).

The median tuition costs in Arecibo, PR are $4,740 for private four year colleges, and $3,968 and $3,968 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Arecibo, PR, the percentage of applicants admitted was 53.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 82.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 8,062 (35.7% men and 64.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

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In 2020 there were 8,062 students enrolled in Arecibo, PR, 35.7% men and 64.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 8,022 records, of which 64.3% were women and 35.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 227 degree-majors awarded
  2. 102 degree-majors awarded
  3. 81 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arecibo, PR was Registered Nursing with 227 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 672 degrees awarded
  2. 633 degrees awarded
  3. 133 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo with 672 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

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In 2020, 551 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arecibo, PR, which is 0.488 times less than the 1,130 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 1,667 degrees mean that there were 185 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($6,830) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($957) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,168) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, NaNN% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while NaNN% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were N/A.

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The median property value in Arecibo, PR was $94,800 in 2020, which is 0.413 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $95,900 to $94,800, a 1.15% decrease. The homeownership rate in Arecibo, PR is 69.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Arecibo, PR have an average commute time of 27.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Arecibo, PR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Arecibo, PR is $18,917. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Arecibo, PR was Guaynabo Municipio, PR with a value of $36,073, followed by Gurabo Municipio, PR and Trujillo Alto Municipio, PR, with respective values of $35,367 and $32,611.

Property

$94,800
Median Property Value 2020
±$1,445
$45,833
Median Property Taxes
±$1,206

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Rent vs Own

69.6%
Homeownership
2020
73.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 69.6% of the housing units in Arecibo, PR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

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Income by Location

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In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arecibo, PR was Guaynabo Municipio, PR with a value of $36,073, followed by Gurabo Municipio, PR and Trujillo Alto Municipio, PR, with respective values of $35,367 and $32,611.

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Household Income

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$18,917
Median Household Income
± $665
65.6k
Number of Households
± 1,706

In 2020, the median household income of the 65.6k households in Arecibo, PR grew to $18,917 from the previous year's value of $17,954.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Arecibo, PR is from Puerto Rico.
0.451
2020 Wage GINI in Puerto Rico
0.45
2019 Wage GINI in Puerto Rico

In 2020, the income inequality in Puerto Rico was 0.451 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.195% growth from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Puerto Rico was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Puerto Rico in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (90.4%)
  2. Carpooled (4.24%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.04%)

In 2020, 90.4% of workers in Arecibo, PR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (4.24%) and those who worked at home (3.04%).

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Commute Time

27.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arecibo, PR have a longer commute time (27.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 4.81% of the workforce in Arecibo, PR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

46.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arecibo, PR (81.9k out of 177k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Arecibo, PR is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

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94.1% of the population of Arecibo, PR has health coverage, with 20.5% on employee plans, 50.3% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 8.4% on non-group plans, and 1.11% on military or VA plans.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.6% under 18 years, 20.3% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.91%
Uninsured
20.5%
Employer Coverage
50.3%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
8.4%
Non-Group
1.11%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arecibo, PR grew by 5.74% from 5.59% to 5.91%.

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