Colony waits decision on its fate while residents vote with theit feet. La colonia espera decision sobre su destino mientras residentes votan con sus pies.
Adding pressure is Puerto Rico’s high cost of living, which includes average monthly energy costs of $438.21 compared to $169.49 in the states; an unemployment rate of 12 percent compared to the mainland’s 5.5 percent; and a 41 percent poverty rate compared to the mainland’s 14.3 percent rate, according to the island’s Institute of Statistics.

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