Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Town and Municipality
Mountains of Gurabo
El Pueblo de las Escaleras", "Puerta del Turismo del Sureste
|Anthem: "En un valle rodeado por montañas nace un"|
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Gurabo Municipality
|• Mayor||Rosachely Rivera (NPP)|
|• Senatorial dist.||7 - Humacao|
|• Representative dist.||31,32|
|• Total||28.28 sq mi (73.24 km2)|
|• Land||27.84 sq mi (72.11 km2)|
|• Water||0.44 sq mi (1.13 km2)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (620/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
Gurabo (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡuˈɾaβo]) is a municipality in eastern Puerto Rico. It is located in the central eastern region, north of San Lorenzo; south of Trujillo Alto; east of Caguas; and west of Carolina and Juncos. Gurabo is spread over 9 barrios and Gurabo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Gurabo's history dates as far back as the 17th century, when Gurabo was actually part of Caguas. Then, the area was known as Burabo. By 1700, transportation, medical and economic trouble were crippling the population of the Burabo area; traveling to Caguas' center for business and medical help was not easy and took hours. This led to many of Burabos citizens to seek for the area to gain autonomy.
It would be long, however, before Gurabo was separated from Caguas. The separation movement was brought forward by an 1812 meeting of all 168 family leaders in Gurabo, who decided to have Luis del Carmen Echevarría lead them in their quest for autonomic independence, based on the large number of residents in Burabo.
Gurabo is also known as "La Ciudad de las Escaleras", or "city of the stairs". Located in the town center, the stairs are about twenty two floors high, and they are painted in bright colors. They cross an important business area of Gurabo. Gurabo's mayor is Rosachely Rivera Santana.
Gurabo is located on the east side of Puerto Rico.
Bodies of water
Located in Gurabo are a number of rivers, streams, and unnamed creeks. Rio Gurabo is in Gurabo and a portion of the Río Grande de Loíza runs through Gurabo. In 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced work would be done on Gurabo river.
Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Gurabo is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a small barrio referred to as "el pueblo", located near the center of the municipality.
Barrios (which are like minor civil divisions) in turn are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (sectors in English). The types of sectores may vary, from normally sector to urbanización to reparto to barriada to residencial, among others.
Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico (Special Communities of Puerto Rico) are marginalized communities whose citizens are experiencing a certain amount of social exclusion. A map shows these communities occur in nearly every municipality of the commonwealth. Of the 742 places that were on the list in 2014, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods were in Gurabo: El Cerro, Estancias de Hato Nuevo, and Villa Alegre.
- Dairy Farms
Manufacturing (metal, paper, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electrical and electronic equipment, and electrical machinery)
Landmarks and places of interest
Some landmarks and places of interest in Gurabo include:
- Centro de Exposición - Exhibition Center
- El Cerro
- Former City Hall and Clock
- San José Parish
- Luis Muñoz Marín Plaza
- Hacienda Mirador - Mirador Estate
- Loíza Lagoon
- University of Turabo Museum
- Cofresí Park
Festivals and events
Gurabo celebrates its patron saint festival in March. The Fiestas Patronales de San Jose is a religious and cultural celebration that generally features parades, games, artisans, amusement rides, regional food, and live entertainment.
Other festivals and events celebrated in Gurabo include:
- El Festival del Jodío, which roughly translates to the "Festival of the person who is down on their luck". The seventh annual fair was held in May, 2017. With the assistance of a local bank, funds are collected to help a person in the community with severe medical needs.
- Home Garden Festival (May)
- Youth Festival (May)
- Mapeyé Festival (October)
Gurabo has a baseball academy named Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School (PRBAHS).
Colegio Bautista de Gurabo (Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Track and Field.) colegiobautistadegurabo.com
|U.S. Decennial Census|
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010
In 2000, Gurabo had a population of 36,743 and in 2010 it had a population of 45,369.
Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Gurabo is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Rosachely Rivera, from the New Progressive Party (PNP). Rivera was elected at the Gurabo mayor special election, 2017.
There are 20 bridges in Gurabo.
Coat of arms
In a green field resides a widened gold patriarchal cross. Below the bottom arm are two shields in silver. The one on the left has a fleur de lis and the one on the right three lilies with stems in a natural way. Three towers in gold crown the shield.
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