Vega Alta

(VAI-gah AHL-tah)

Vega Alta is known as "El Pueblo de los Ñangotaos" (town of squaters). Vega Alta was founded in 1775 by Francisco de los Olivos.

Vega Alta is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Morovis and Corozal; east of Vega Baja; and west of Dorado.


Vega Alta (Photo: Steve Moore)

Vega Alta is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bajura
  • Candelaria
  • Cienagueta
  • Espinosa
  • Maricao
  • Mavilla
  • Pueblo
  • Sabana

Things to See and Do In Vega Alta

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

What to Do and See?

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Festivals and Events

  • Kite Festival - July
  • Fiestas Patronales Inmaculada Concepción de María - December
    Every year, Vega Alta celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.

Symbols

Vega Alta Flag

Anthem: En la costa norte de mi islita...

Education

There are 10 public schools in Vega+Alta, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Climate

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

39,951
Population
39,707 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 27.73 sq mi

Density: 1440.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $18,184
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 50.60 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

13,925
Number of households
Housing units density: 613.1

Persons per household: 3.28

High school grad or higher: 59.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4122° N, 66.3314° W

Zip Code: 00692

Driving Distance from San Juan: 27.9 miles

Driving Time: 46 minutes


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