Canóvanas is known as "La Cuna de los Indios" (Indian cradle) and "La Ciudad de las Carreras" (race horse town) because of its racetrack call "El Comandante". Juan R. Calderón founded Canóvanas in 1909. Canóvanas derives its name from a local Indian chief Canobaná (Canovanax).

Canóvanas is also known as the "Pueblo Valeroso" (valiant town) because the local Indian chief Yuira was killed defending the Spaniards from the Taínos.

Canóvanas is located in the northeastern region, north of Juncos and Las Piedras; south of Loíza; east of Carolina; and west of Río Grande. Its rivers are: Canóvanas, Cubuy, Herrera, Canovanillas and Grande de Loíza.

The surrounding areas produce coffee, sugar cane and bananas.

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

  • Franciso E. Mundo
  • Enrique Sanchez Cappa
  • Julio Jimenez
  • Luis Sanchez Cappa
  • Rafael Albandoz
  • Agustin Lopez Cases
  • Milagros Carillo ("La jibarita de Canovanas")

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

  • Campo Rico
  • Cubuy
  • El Verde
  • Hato Puerco
  • Las Lomas
  • Las Mercedes
  • Pueblo
  • Toma Agua

Things to See and Do In Canovanas

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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Pilar - October
    Every year, Canvanas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Navidad en el Campo - December


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Anthem: Canóvanas


The annual precipitation is approximately 73.62 inches and the average temperature is 75°F.

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

Demographics *

47,868 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 32.87 sq mi

Density: 1449.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.5

Economics *

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

Median household income: $21,588
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 42.70 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 592.5

Persons per household: 3.31

High school grad or higher: 71.4%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3792° N, 65.9014° W

Zip Code: 00729, 00745

Driving Distance from San Juan: 10.7 miles

Driving Time: 22 minutes


Did You Know?

Contrary to popular belief the Puerto Rican flag is not based on the American Flag, but the Cuban flag. Puerto Rico adopted the same flag design, which was unveiled in 1895. In 1952, the blue field was changed from a light blue to a darker blue, like the American flag.