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Hormigueros, Puerto Rico

(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.

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

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

Restaurants

  • Caribbean Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 892-3210
  • Criollisimo (Puerto Rican), (787) 849-4989
  • Restaurant New Asia (Chinese), (787) 849-5101
  • Sabrosura China (Chinese), (787) 849-1755
  • San Marino Pizza & Italian Restaurant (Italian), (787) 849-1080

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

Symbols

Hormigueros Flag

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

Education

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

Climate

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Demographics *

Population
15,654

Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 11.34 sq mi

Density: 1,386.50 per sq mi

Median Age: 47.5

Sex: 54% female

Economics **

Per capita income
$12,503
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $19,848
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 42.4%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
6,291
Housing units density:
686.3 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.48

High school grad or higher: 77.5%

Marital status: 40% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted - Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.
** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1397° N, 67.1275° W

Zip Code: 660

Driving Distance from San Juan: 108.5 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes




Did You Know?

Medalla Light, Puerto Rico's top-selling light beer, won first prize in 2005 for light beer in Brussels awarded by Monde Selection. Produced by Cervecera de Puerto Rico, a family-owned business founded in 1937. Medalla Light has a thin, white head and a clear, fairly bubbly, straw appearance.