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Villalba, Puerto Rico

(vee-YAHL-bah)

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.

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

Restaurants

  • El Patio Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 847-7742
  • Valle Verde Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 847-6525

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

Symbols

Villalba Flag Villalba Coat of Arms

Anthem: A las orillas del Río Jacaguas...

Education

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

Climate

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

Population
22,093

Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 35.64 sq mi

Density: 614.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 41.3

Sex: 52% female

Economics **

Per capita income
$11,596
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $19,355
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 46.4%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
7,932
Housing units density:
272.4 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.75

High school grad or higher: 78.5%

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: 18.1272° N, 66.4922° W

Zip Code: 766

Driving Distance from San Juan: 76.1 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes




Did You Know?

The U.S. dollar is the official currency and U.S. citizens don't need a passport.