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Villalba is known as "La Ciudad del Gandul" (pigeon pea city) and "La Ciudad de los Lagos" (city of lakes). Villalba was founded in 1917 by José R. Figueroa and Walter Mac K. Jones.

Villalba is located in the central region, northeast of Juana Díaz; south of Orocovis; and west of Coamo.

Lago Villalba (Photo: Ignacio Rivera)

The surrounding areas produces green pigeon pees and coffee.

There are many well-known "villalbeños", among them: Virgilio Negron, Agustin Burgos, Carmen Suarez, Maximino Miranda, Welter K. Jones, and Bernardo Negron.

Villaba is made up of 7 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Caonillas Abajo
  • Caonillas Arriba
  • Hato Puerco Arriba
  • Pueblo
  • Vacas
  • Villalba Abajo
  • Villalba Arriba

Things to See and Do In Villalba

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival Areyto - November
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
    Every year, Villalba celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 847-2500
  • Maraton Carlos Baez - December


Villalba Flag Villalba Coat of Arms

Anthem: A las orillas del Río Jacaguas...


There are 14 public schools in Villalba, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

24,925 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 35.64 sq mi

Density: 731.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 33.4

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,754
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 53.60 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 272.4

Persons per household: 3.52

High school grad or higher: 66.8%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1272° N, 66.4922° W

Zip Code: 00766

Driving Distance from San Juan: 76.1 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

Did You Know?

The world famous drink, the Piña Colada was invented in a house on Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan and that its main ingredient Coco Lopez was invented by Ramon Lopez Irizarry.