Rio Grande

(REE-o GRAHN-de)

Río Grande is known as La Ciudad del Yunque (Yunque city). Río Grande was founded in July 25, 1840 by Deriderio Brothers and Quilimaco Escobar.

The town was named after the great river that bathe its lands, Río Grande.

Río Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley, only 30 minutes from San Juan. North of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; east of Loíza and Canóvanas and west of Luquillo.

There are many well-known riograndeños, among them: Franciso Mojica, Jesus Parilla Calderon, Eugenio Guerra, José Reymundi, Ovidio de Jesus Uriguen, Enrique Calderon, Agustin Guerra, Manuel Siaca Rivera, Cecilia Arnaldi de Olmeda, and Carmen Reyes Padro.

Rio Grande is made up of 9 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Cienega Alta
  • Ciénaga Baja
  • Guzmán Abajo
  • Guzmán Arriba
  • Herreras
  • Jiménez
  • Mameyes II
  • Pueblo
  • Zarzal

Things to See and Do In Rio Grande

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

What to Do and See?

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Festivals and Events

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

Symbols

Rio Grande Flag Rio Grande Coat of Arms

Anthem: Entre las ondas que juguetean...

Education

There are 17 public schools in Rio Grande, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Climate

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

54,304
Population
53,693 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 60.62 sq mi

Density: 895.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.7

Economics *

$7,235
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $22,947
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 40.50 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

18,869
Number of households
Housing units density: 400.8

Persons per household: 3.26

High school grad or higher: 72.5%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3803° N, 65.8314° W

Zip Code: 00721, 00745

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.4 miles

Driving Time: 32 minutes


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