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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).

Santuario de la Monserrate, Hormigueros (Photo: Manuel Santiago)

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.

Hormigueros is made up of 6 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Benavente
  • Guanajibo
  • Hormigueros
  • Jagüitas
  • Lavadero
  • Pueblo

Things to See and Do In Hormigueros

Want to know what to see and do in Hormigueros? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas Patronales Virgen de la Monserrate - September
    Every year, Hormigueros celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Maraton Segundo Ruiz Belvis - September
    (787) 849-2515


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Anthem: Sobre un verde valle de mi linda Borinquén...


There are 8 public schools in Hormigueros, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

17,002 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 11.34 sq mi

Density: 1521.2 per sq mi

Median Age: 41.5

Economics *

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

Median household income: $21,107
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 32.80 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 686.3

Persons per household: 2.99

High school grad or higher: 69.8%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1397° N, 67.1275° W

Zip Code: 00660

Driving Distance from San Juan: 108.5 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes

Did You Know?

Since 2014, the island has lost 2% of population each year.