Levittown, Puerto Rico

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Coordinates: 18°26′55″N 66°10′49″W / 18.44861°N 66.18028°W / 18.44861; -66.18028
Levittown, Puerto Rico
Settlement
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Bridge on Highway 165 leaving Levittown
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Municipality Toa Baja
Elevation 5 ft (1.5 m)
Coordinates 18°26′55″N 66°10′49″W / 18.44861°N 66.18028°W / 18.44861; -66.18028
Area 2.53 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 - land 2.27 sq mi (6 km2)
 - water 0.26 sq mi (1 km2), 10.3%
Population 26,960 (2010)
Timezone Atlantic (AST) (UTC-4)
Postal code 00949
Area code 787
Location within the island of Puerto Rico
U.S. Census map of Levittown

Levittown, Puerto Rico, a suburb of the San Juan MSA and part of the municipality of Toa Baja, is one of the largest planned communities in Puerto Rico. It was developed by Levitt and Sons in 1963.

View of the Levittown Comfort Inn hotel (right)

Levittown is divided into eight sections called secciones (the eighth section was renamed Urb. Fronteras) and several sub-divisions called urbanizaciones. Part of what is known as Levittown is located in the municipalities of Cataño and Bayamón. Levittown is known for its large, light blue painted water tower (now converted into a public library) that was one of the first water towers in Puerto Rico used to provide potable water to residences.[citation needed] To the west sits Levittown Lakes or Los Lagos de Levittown, a small man-made lake formed by draining the marshland over which Levittown was built. The drainage canal that feeds the lake is called Caño El Hato, which extends into the center of Levittown. To the east, the Bayamon River divides Levittown from the fishing village of Palo Seco, next to the Cataño municipality.

It has a Blue Flag-rated public beach known as Punta Salinas and also one of the bigger public sports centers of the metropolitan area of San Juan with tennis courts and a stadium for track and field meets. Its Olympic-sized pool has been in use since its construction in 1977. Its high school, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, was built in 1970 and is named after an important political figure on the island. The school's football team, the Levittown Spartans, have been among the top high school football teams on the island. In 1975 they became the Co-Champions along with the Pirates from Antilles High School, in Fort Buchanan. Also, the Spartans track teams, coached by Wilfredo Meaux (who would later on coach the team from University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon) were perennial powers during the 1970s and 80s. Levittown High's Basketball team has produced several excellent players including Ramon Rivas, who played for the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

Pier at Cochino Beach

Levittown's main avenue is "Bulevar de Levittown". It has the largest collection of small business in the entire community. Los Dominicos Avenue is the second main avenue and connects Levittown to other areas, e.g., Sabana Seca sector and the city of Bayamón. Levittown has a professional bowling center (Tower Lanes) and more than three shopping centers including Plaza Davison and Rio Hondo Mall. Highway 165 connects Levittown with the towns of Toa Baja, Cataño and Dorado, Puerto Rico. It is a scenic route that provides a nice coastal view in which Punta Salinas' radar domes and El Morro can be seen. At night, the Morro Castle's lighthouse and the Palo Seco power plant are visible. The coastal area along the road near the Bayamon River is popular with local surfers and is known as Cochino Beach (Pigs Beach), probably because of the brownish waters caused by the sediments flowing out from the river.

Punta Salinas, the public beach, is also the home of a Puerto Rico Air National Guard unit, the 140 ADS, that provides air traffic control support to the FAA, military and law enforcement operations. It is also the home of a Civil Air Patrol squadron, one of several in the municipality of Toa Baja.

Levittown enjoys tropical weather all year round. The water tower, also known by pilots as the "Levittown Water Tank" provides a visual navigational checkpoint to aircraft flying either to Isla Grande Airport or to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Transportation[edit]

It is served by Route C-37 of the Metropolitan Bus Authority (Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses) and private commuter buses connecting the community with Cataño and the Tren Urbano Rapid Transit station in Bayamon. The neighborhood is patrolled by the Toa Baja Municipal Police Department with a precinct in the western part of the neighborhood, and the 271st precinct of the Puerto Rico Police Department located behind the water tank and the high school.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there are 26,960 people residing in the community. The average family size is of 3.09. The population density is 13,279/mi². There are 11,701 housing units. The racial makeup of the area is 73.9% White, 13.7% African American, 7.7% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. The majority (98.6%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Of those, 93.5% are Puerto Rican,0.5% Cuban,0.3% Mexican and 4.4% of other Hispanic ethnicity.

In the community the population is 53.5% females and 46.5% males. The median age of the population is 38.4 Years. The mean income for a family in the community for 2010 was $36,605. 24.2% of families are below the federal poverty level. The community is generally a lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhood. From 2008 to 2010, 81 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 21.6 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. On the average, 62.9% of its college-age population attend institutions of higher learning. 66.5 percent of Levittown workers drove to work alone in 2010, 17.4 percent carpooled, 3.7 percent took public transportation, and 11.5 percent used other means. The remaining 0.9 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 38.0 minutes to get to work. Among the most common occupations were: Sales and office occupations, 36.1 percent; Management, professional, and related occupations, 30.0 percent; Service occupations, 17.3 percent; Production, transportation, and material moving occupations, 9.3 percent. 69.8 percent of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 23.5 percent was Federal, state, or local government workers; and 6.4 percent was Self-employed in own not incorporated business workers.

Punta Salinas as seen from Levittown

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