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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).


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.

Where to Eat?

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

10 Day Forecast

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?

Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Puerto Rico.