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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.

Rio Grande Hills
Alberto DeJesus

There are many well-known riograndeños, among them: Franciso Mojica, Jesus Parilla Calderon, Eugenio Guerra, José Reymundi, Ovidio de Jesus Vargas, Enrique Calderon, Agustin Guerra, Manuel Siaca Rivera, Cecilia Arnaldi de Olmeda, and Carmen Reyes Padro.

Rio Grande is made up of 9 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Cienega Alta
  • Ciénaga Baja
  • Guzmán Abajo
  • Guzmán Arriba
  • Herreras
  • Jiménez
  • Mameyes II
  • Pueblo
  • Zarzal

Things to See and Do In Rio Grande

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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


Rio Grande Flag Rio Grande Coat of Arms

Anthem: Entre las ondas que juguetean...


There are 17 public schools in Rio Grande, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 60.62 sq mi

Density: 805.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 42.5

Sex: 52% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $23,738
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 38.3%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
400.8 (2013)

Persons per household: 3.09

High school grad or higher: 72.5%

Marital status: 38% married

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3803° N, 65.8314° W

Zip Code: 00721, 00745

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.4 miles

Driving Time: 32 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Ricans cannot vote in presidential elections and have only one representative in Congress, who also cannot vote.