Villalba is known as "La Ciudad del Gandul" (pigeon pea city) and "La Ciudad de los Lagos" (city of lakes). Villalba was founded in 1917 by José R. Figueroa and Walter Mac K. Jones.

Villalba is located in the central region, northeast of Juana Díaz; south of Orocovis; and west of Coamo.

The surrounding areas produces green pigeon pees and coffee.

There are many well-known "villalbeños", among them: Virgilio Negron, Agustin Burgos, Carmen Suarez, Maximino Miranda, Welter K. Jones, and Bernardo Negron.

Land Area: 96 sq km (37.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 1.61 sq mi
Population: 25,220
Density: 290.1 per sq km (754.4 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 8,465
Housing Density: 238.8
Per Capita Income: $5,176
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: A las orillas del Río Jacaguas...
Wards: Caonillas Abajo, Caonillas Arriba, Hato Puerco Arriba, Pueblo, Vacas, Villalba Abajo and Villalba Arriba.
Driving Distance: 76.1 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

Festivals and Events

  • Festival Areyto - November
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
    Every year, Villalba celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 847-2500
  • Maraton Carlos Baez - December

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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