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San Lorenzo

(sanh lo-REN-zo)

San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence) is known as El Pueblo de los Samaritanos (town of the Samaritans) and La Tierra de Leyendas (land of legends). San Lorenzo was founded in 1811 by Valeriano Muñoz de Oneca. Its original name was San Miguel de Hato Grande.

San Lorenzo is located in the eastern central region, north of Patillas and Yabucoa; south of Gurabo; east of Caguas and Cayey; and west of Juncos and Las Piedras.

The surrounding areas produces tobacco and sugar cane.

There are many well-known sanlorenceños, among them:

  • singer, Carmita Jimenez
  • Julia Vazquez Vda. de Fernandez La Samaritana
  • Andres Gomez Vazquez
  • Ana C. Buxo de Echevarria
  • Chayanne

San Lorenzo is made up of 11 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Cayaguás
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Espino
  • Florida
  • Hato
  • Jagual
  • Pueblo
  • Quebrada
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Quebrada Honda
  • Quemados

Things to See and Do In San Lorenzo

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

Where to Eat?

Festivals and Events

  • Truya de Reyes - January
  • Fiestas de la Candelaria - February
  • Festival de Chiringa - March
  • Fiestas de Cruz - May
  • Festival de Bordado y Tejido - September
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes - September
    Every year, San Lorenzo celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.


San Lorenzo Flag San Lorenzo Coat of Arms

Anthem: Son tus campos de bellsimo verdor...


There are 20 public schools in San Lorenzo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

40,164 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 53.11 sq mi

Density: 773.1 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $17,743
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 47.00 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 324.3

Persons per household: 3.20

High school grad or higher: 62.9%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1900° N, 65.9686° W

Zip Code: 00754

Driving Distance from San Juan: 25.6 miles

Driving Time: 57 minutes

Did You Know?

In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt, the first US President to travel outside the United States, made a stop in Puerto Rico (thus, becoming the first president to visit the island) and that he stayed overnight in Ponce.