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Añasco is known as "La Ciudad Donde los Dioses Mueren" (the city where the gods die) and "El Pueblo Del Hojaldre". The town was founded in October 18, 1733 by Luis de Añasco, a colonist from the Extremadura region of Spain who came to Puerto Rico with Juan Ponce de Añasco. Subsequently, the city was named after him.

Añasco is located in Costal Valley of the West region, bordering the Mona Passage to the west, north of Mayagüez and Las Marías; south of Rincón, Aguada and Moca; and west of San Sebastián and Las Marías.

Sunset in Añasco. (Photo: Jeannette Altiery)

Añasco highest peaks include Canta Gallo (370 m), Gordo (340 m) and Pichón (340 m). Its annual precipitation is 80.4 and its rivers include Río Grande de Añasco (originates in Lares), Huamtas, Casey, La Balase and La Mona. The annual precipitation is approximately 80.4 inches and the average temperature is 75°F.

The surrounding areas produces sugar and fruits. Añasco has been long known for producing the best moonshine rum in Puerto Rico.

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

  • Mariana Bracetti, patriot and leader of the Puerto Rico independence movement in the 1860's
  • José de Jesús Domínguez, poet
  • Víctor Arrillaga, poet
  • Lolita Aspiros, pianist

Añasco is made up of 21 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Añasco
  • Añasco Abajo
  • Añasco Arriba
  • Caguabo
  • Casey Arriba
  • Caracol
  • Carreras
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Cidra
  • Corcóvada
  • Daguey
  • Espino
  • Hatillo
  • Humatos
  • Marías
  • Ovejas
  • Piñales
  • Playa
  • Pueblo
  • Quebrada Larga
  • Río Abajo

Things to See and Do In Añasco

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Bellas Artes - January
  • Festival Mayuco - January
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio Abad - January
    Every year, Aņasco celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Festival del Teatro - May
  • Festival Santa Rosa de Lima - August
  • Festival del Chipe - September
  • Maraton Cooperativa - October


Anasco Flag

The flag colors, design and symbolism is taken from the municipal Coat of Arms, with the only exception being that silver is painted white on the flag.

Anasco Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms
The green field of the shield contains a saber cross massed in black, outlined in silver, and has a gold scallop shell in each quadrant formed by the cross. A gold mural crown of three towers crests the shield.

Anthem: Añasco pueblo querido...


Añasco annual precipitation is 89 inches, and its average temperature is 77°F. June is the warmest, February is the coldest, and August is the wettest month.

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Demographics *

28,762 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 39.29 sq mi

Density: 744.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 38.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,977
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 47.40 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 324.6

Persons per household: 3.14

High school grad or higher: 70.5%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3161° N, 67.1397° W

Zip Code: 00610, 00611

Driving Distance from San Juan: 97.4 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes


Did You Know?

The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the oldest buildings in San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere; construction began in 1521.