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.

Land Area: 159 sq km (61.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 28.89 sq mi
Population: 52,983
Density: 330.1 per sq km (858.3 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 19,928
Housing Density: 328.2
Per Capita Income: $7,347
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Entre las ondas que juguetean...
Wards: Cienega Alta, Ciénaga Baja, Guzmán Abajo, Guzmán Arriba, Herreras, Jimé nez, Mameyes II, Pueblo and Zarzal.
Driving Distance: 15.4 miles *
Driving Time: 32 minutes *

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. (787) 887-2370

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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