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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 *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 27.73 sq mi

Density: 1,318.50 per sq mi

Median Age: 40.2

Sex: 52% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $20,809
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 45.3%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
613.1 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.98

High school grad or higher: 74%

Marital status: 45% married

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4122° N, 66.3314° W

Zip Code: 692

Driving Distance from San Juan: 27.9 miles

Driving Time: 46 minutes

Did You Know?

The term "china" originated from a brand of oranges that came to Puerto Rico in the 19th century, advertised as names "Naranjas de la China/Oranges from China" China in PR is the color orange and the fruit. naranja, which is used for oranges in most Spanish speaking countries, only refers to the bitter orange in Puerto Rico.