Carolina

(kah-ro-LEE-nah)

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 is divided into 13 barrios, including the downtown area: Barrazas, Cacao, Cangrejo Arriba, Canovanillas, Carruzos, Cedro, Hoyo Mulas, Martín González, Pueblo, Sabana Abajo, San Antón, Santa Cruz and Trujillo Bajo.

Land Area: 120.9 sq km (46.5 sq mi)
Water Area: 15.02 sq km
Population: 186,076
Density: 1,539.0 per sq km (4,001.6 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 71,347
Housing Density: 1,574.0
Per Capita Income: $10,511
Source: 2000 Census
Driving Distance: 6.9 miles *
Driving Time: 16 minutes *

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, and Guillermo Angel Luciano.


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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Puerto Rico has a larger population in the western hemisphere than Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama, and the same or more population than 30 of the 50 states of the US.