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Vega Alta

(VAI-gah AHL-tah)

Vega Alta is known as "El Pueblo de los Ñangotaos" (town of squaters). Vega Alta was founded in 1775 by Francisco de los Olivos.

Vega Alta is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Morovis and Corozal; east of Vega Baja; and west of Dorado.

Vega Alta (Photo: Steve Moore)

Vega Alta is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bajura
  • Candelaria
  • Cienagueta
  • Espinosa
  • Maricao
  • Mavilla
  • Pueblo
  • Sabana

Things to See and Do In Vega Alta

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas Patronales de La Inmaculada Concepcion de María - December
    Every year, Vega Alta celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Kite Festival - July


Vega Alta Flag

Anthem: En la costa norte de mi islita...


There are 10 public schools in Vega+Alta, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

39,707 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 27.73 sq mi

Density: 1440.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $18,184
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 50.60 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 613.1

Persons per household: 3.28

High school grad or higher: 59.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4122° N, 66.3314° W

Zip Code: 00692

Driving Distance from San Juan: 27.9 miles

Driving Time: 46 minutes

Did You Know?

The Puerto Rican Coat of Arms is the oldest official national seal still used in the Americas.