Puerto Rico’s Well-Being Index

The Well-Being Index allows us to compare the state and conditions of children and youth in Puerto Rico with other jurisdictions in the United States. It consists of 27 indicators that are organized in five social dimensions: Education, Family, Safety and Risk, Economy, and Health and Lifestyles.

Learn how P.R. compares with the U.S.

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Economy

Children and young people have a safe and comfortable place to live, nutritious food and social recreational opportunities. Young people, especially the most vulnerable ones, have access to opportunities for decent work, to obtain income security, a transition to the employment world, alleviate poverty and facilitate growth and future opportunities.

57.1%

Children and teenagers under 18 years below the poverty level [2010 - 2014]

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$20,471

Median family income with children under 18 years [2010 - 2014]

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3.8%

Unemployed teenagers school between 16 and 19 years not enrolled in school [2010 - 2014]

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19.7%

Children and teenagers under 18 years with at least one parent not in the labor force or unemployed [2010 - 2014]

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Education

Youth has a supportive community that helps them develop a favorable and suitable performance for their age and development stage. They know and believe in their abilities, skills and talents. They participate in a school, community and family environment that encourages the importance of learning.

7.8%

Children and teenagers under 18 years not enrolled in school [2010 - 2014]

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13.2

Teacher: Pupil Ratio [2013 - 2014]

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41.7%

Children between 3 to 4 years not enrolled in school [2010 - 2014]

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11.9%

Students between 9th and 12th grade who had not gone to school on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they would felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school [2015]

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6.3%

Teenagers between 16 and 19 years not enrolled school and without high school diploma [2010 - 2014]

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183

Mathematics academic achievement in fourth grade [2015]

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Family

Children and young people have a support group that makes them feel safe, loved, appreciated and accepted. They sense that this group is interested in their present and their future, provides them their daily needs, encourage their growth and overall development and supports their interests and aspirations.

52.7%

Households with children and teenagers under 18 years living in monoparental families [2010 - 2014]

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9.9

Children and teenagers under 18 years victims of maltreatment (*1,000) [2014]

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39.4%

Households with children under 18 years receiving food stamps [2010 - 2014]

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16.6%

Women 15 to 50 years who had a birth in the last 12 months and has an education less than high school graduate [2010 - 2014]

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45.9%

Grandparents responsible of their grandchildren under 18 years [2010 - 2014]

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Health and Lifestyles

Children and young people have access to basic quality health care, free of institutional violence and discrimination. They have a positive outlook on their well-being and the tools and knowledge to stay in optimum condition. They make informed decisions about their health, they have control over their body, avoid risks, know and practice favorable behaviors that promote a positive state of health.

7.0

Infant Mortality Rate (*1,000) [2014]

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3.9%

Children without health insurance [2010 - 2014]

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40.4

Birth rate in girls between 15 and 19 years (*1,000) [2014]

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10.8%

Low weigth birth [2014]

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14.0%

Overweight students between 9th and 12th grade [2015]

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32.3%

Students between 9th and 12th grade who had not participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on any day during the 7 days before the survey [2015]

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Safety and Risk

Youth has safeguards, rights and protection from the law. They feel valued as an important resource in their community. The civil community provides them with tools that motivate them to make favorable decisions for their development. They also have a political and social system that includes them, ensures them a real place of participation in the discussion and pays attention to issues that affect their safety.

52.0

Mortality rate for all causes in teenagers between 15 and 19 years (*100,000) [2014]

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12.3%

Students between 9th and 12th grade that had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months before the survey [2015]

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21.2%

Students between 9th and 12th grade that at least had one alcoholic drink on 1 day or more during the 30 days before the survey [2015]

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6.0%

Students between 9th and 12th grade that had used marijuana at least once during the 30 days before the survey [2015]

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N/A

Students between 9th and 12th grade that had been in at least one physical fight on school property during the 12 months before the survey [2015]

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10.0%

Students between 9th and 12th that had been bullied on school property during the 12 months before the survey [2015]

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