Hormigueros

(or-mee-GAI-ros)

Hormigueros is known as "El Pueblo del Milagro" (the town of the miracle). Hormigueros was founded in 1874 by Gerardo Gonzalez. Hormigueros derives its name from a Taino Indian name: Horomico.


Another common folktale attributes the origin of the name to the topography of the municipality which resembles a gigantic anthill, reason why it was named: "Valle del Hormiguero" (anthill valley).

Hormigueros is located in the western region of the island, northeast of Cabo Rojo; northwest of San Germán; and south of Mayagüez. The annual precipitation is around 75 inches.

There are many well-known "hormiguereños", among them: Segundo Ruiz Belvis.


Land Area: 29 sq km (11.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 0.00 sq mi
Population: 17,320
Density: 580.9 per sq km (1,510.3 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 6,423
Housing Density: 567.2
Per Capita Income: $9,024
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Sobre un verde valle de mi linda Borinquén...
Driving Distance: 108.5 miles *
Wards: Benavente, Guanajibo, Hormigueros, Jagüitas, Lavadero and Pueblo
Driving Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes *

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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