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Caguas is known as "La Ciudad Del Turabo" (Turabo city), "La Ciudad Criolla" (criole city) and "El Corazón de Boriquén" (Boriquén's heart). Caguas was founded in January 1st, 1775. Originally called San Sebastián del Piñal de Caguax , Caguas derives its name from a local Indian chief (Caguax) who was an early Christian convert.

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The town's economic activities include: diamond cutting, tobacco processing, and the manufacture of leather goods, glass and plastic products, electronic equipment, clothing and bedding.

The city is home the Columbia College (1966).

Caguas is located in the Central Mountain Range, south of San Juan and Trujillo Alto; east of Gurabo and San Lorenzo; and west of Aguas Buenas, Cidra and Cayey. Its rivers are: Cagüitas, Turabo, Bairoa, Cañas, Grande de Loíza and Cañabonsito.

There are many well-known "cagüeños", among them:

  • Abelardo Diaz Alfaro
  • José Gautier Benítez
  • Juan José Osuna
  • Margot Arce de Vazquez
  • José Ignacio Quintón

Caguas is made up of 11 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bairoa
  • Beatriz
  • Borinquen
  • Cañabón
  • Cañaboncito
  • Pueblo
  • Río
  • Cañas
  • San Antonio
  • San Salvador
  • Tomás de Castro
  • Turabo

Things to See and Do In Caguas

Want to know what to see and do in Caguas? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival Folklorico - July
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
    Every year, Caguas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.

Anthem: Caguas


There are 52 public schools in Caguas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Caguas is also home of 13 colleges and universities.


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Demographics *

142,893 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 58.6 sq mi

Density: 2438.4 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.3

Economics *

Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $23,924
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 37.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 1030.2

Persons per household: 3.14

High school grad or higher: 75.4%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.2314° N, 66.0394° W

Zip Code: 00725, 00726, 00727

Driving Distance from San Juan: 23.7 miles

Driving Time: 42 minutes


Did You Know?

San Juan is one of the world's 10 busiest container ports and a major hub for Caribbean maritime shipping.