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Carolina is known as "La Tierra de Gigantes" (land of giants), in honor of one of its inhabitants: Don Felipe Birriel, who was the tallest man in Puerto Rican history, with an unconfirmed height of 2.413 meters or seven feet eleven inches (7' 11").

Carolina is also known as "El Pueblo de los Tumba Brazos" (arm hackers town), because in old days, it is said that people resolved their conflicts with a duel. Lorenzo Vizcarrondo founded Carolina in 1857. The city's original name was Trujillo Bajo. It took on a new name when Don Gaspar Martínez, the person who donated the land to establish the municipality, requested that the town be called Carolina in honor of his daughter Carolina de San Juan.

Carolina once was an important center for sugar production. Today, Carolina is Puerto Rico's fourth largest city and is dubbed the Industrial Capital of Puerto Rico for its concentration of factories.

Carolina is bordering the Atlantic Ocean; south of Gurabo and Juncos; east of Trujillo Alto and San Juan; and west of Canóvanas and Loíza. Its rivers are: Grande de Loíza, and Canovanillas.

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

  • baseball player Roberto Clemente
  • Jesús T. Piñero
  • poet Julia de Burgos
  • Elsie Van thin
  • Esteban de Jesus
  • Ramon Hernandez
  • Alfredo Escalona
  • Ramón Mellado Parsons
  • Domingo Gonzalez
  • Ezequiel Quillin Angulo
  • Maria Teresa Serrano
  • Jesús Maria Sanromá
  • Guillermo Angel Luciano

Carolina is made up of 13 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Barrazas
  • Cacao
  • Cangrejo Arriba
  • Canovanillas
  • Carruzos
  • Cedro
  • Hoyo Mulas
  • Martín González
  • Pueblo
  • Sabana Abajo
  • San Antón
  • Santa Cruz
  • Trujillo Bajo

Things to See and Do In Carolina

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Festivals and Events

  • Feria de Artesania Femenina - April
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Fernando - May
    Every year, Carolina celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Feria de Artesanias - July
  • Semana de Roberto Clemente - August


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10-Day Forecast


There are 46 public schools in Carolina, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Carolina is also home of 8 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

169,597 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 45.32 sq mi

Density: 3900.3 per sq mi

Median Age: 38.1

Economics *

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

Median household income: $28,674
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 30.00 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 1761.7

Persons per household: 3.13

High school grad or higher: 81.0%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4061° N, 65.9672° W

Zip Code: 00979, 00981, 00982, 00983, 00984, 00985, 00986, 00987, 00988

Driving Distance from San Juan: 6.9 miles

Driving Time: 16 minutes


Did You Know?

More than 70% of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico.