Loíza, Puerto Rico
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Municipio de Loíza
"El Pueblo de la Cacica"
|Anthem: "Loiceños en Acción"|
Location of Loíza in Puerto Rico
|• Mayor||Julia M. Nazario (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||8 - Carolina|
|• Representative dist.||37|
|• Total||65.71 sq mi (170.19 km2)|
|• Land||19.44 sq mi (50.36 km2)|
|• Water||46.27 sq mi (119.83 km2)|
|• Density||460/sq mi (180/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (AST)|
Loíza (Spanish pronunciation: [loˈisa]) is a town and municipality on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, north of Canóvanas; east of Carolina, Puerto Rico; and west of Río Grande, Puerto Rico. Loíza is spread over five wards and Loíza Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Some say that its name comes from that of a female cacique, called Loaíza or Yuíza, who governed the region formerly called Jaymanío, in the shores of the Río Grande de Loíza. It is said that this cacique might have married a mulatto conquistador called Pedro Mejías, but there is no evidence of this. Other sources point to a Spanish landlord called Iñigo López de Cervantes y Loayza, who owned a lot of the territory, and was renowned among governors and colonists from the time.
In 1692, Loíza was officially declared an urban area due to its population (100 houses and 1,146 residents), but it was in 1719 that the Spanish government declared it as an official town. It was founded by Gaspar de Arredondo. After being demoted, it was again established as a municipality in August 16, 1970.
In 2017, Loíza suffered a catastrophic hit from Hurricane Maria like the rest of Puerto Rico. In 2018, it was featured in an episode of Bar Rescue called Operation: Puerto Rico where bar consultant and native Puerto Rican Jon Taffer visited Loíza to rescue an area bar and turned it into a community rescue, repairing a local community center, playground, baseball field and basketball court as well as the bar.
Loíza belongs to the geographical region called the Coastal Plains of the North. Its terrain is uniformly plain, since it doesn't exceed 100 meters above water level.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 65.71 square miles (170.2 km2); of which 19.44 square miles (50.3 km2) of it is land and 46.27 square miles (119.8 km2) of it is water.
Landmarks and places of interest
- Aviones Beach
- Ayala Family Artesan Centre
- Julia de Burgos Walk
- María de la Cruz Cavern
- Piñones Lagoon
- San Patricio Parish
- Vacía Talega Beach
- Samuel Lind Estudio De Arte
- EL Mocambo Pub*
One of Loíza's barrios, Loíza aldea, is famous across Puerto Rico because it has been a talent pool for dancers and artisans. Formerly a center for black Puerto Rican music, it is said to be the traditional birthplace of the musical form known as plena along with Ponce.
Each year there is a celebration in Loíza where people parade around wearing Máscaras de Vejigante, a type of mask made from coconuts and painted in multiple colors.
Loíza is known as "La Capital de la Tradición"- "The Capital of Traditions"- for its "bomba" music, traditional Taíno and African dishes, folk art, and distinct culture.
Festivals and events
- Mayombe Carnival - February
- San Patricio Patron Festivities - March
- Santiago Apóstol Festivities - July
Coconuts, fruits, sugar canes, and apples
|Race - Loíza, Puerto Rico - 2010 Census|
|Race||Population||% of Total|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||144||0.5%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||2||0.0%|
|Some other race||1,825||6.1%|
|Two or more races||765||2.5%|
The population of the municipality was 39,565 at the 2006 census.
As of the census of 2006, there were 32,537 people, 10,927 households, and 6,140 families residing in the municipality. The population density was 1,673.4 inhabitants per square mile (646.1/km²). There were 10,927 housing units at an average density of 562 per square mile (217/km²).
There were 10,927 households out of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 29.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.39 and the average family size was 3.77.
In the town the population was spread out with 39.3% under the age of 19, 7.8% from 20 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years.
The median income for a household in the town was $8,962, and the median income for a family was $9,911. Males had a median income of $14,076 versus $12,903 for females. The per capita income for the town was $4,707. 67% of the population and 64.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 62.3% of those under the age of 18 and 59.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The municipality has the highest concentration of Afro-Puerto Ricans on the island.
Red and gold and green with three undulating stripes - The silhouette of a bell tower in the first stripe represents religious tradition and also serves as a symbol of the Church of Saint Patrick as an historical monument.
Coat of arms
The mounted figure of Santiago Apostle, dominant in the shield, proclaims the devotion to the saint that the Loiceños profess, manifested in a special way during the celebration of traditional festivities every July 25. The flames are emblem of the Holy Spirit, bearer of the seven gifts, a title of the old church of Loíza. The undulating stripe represents the Grande de Loíza River, notable in geography, history and literature of Puerto Rico. The crown symbolizes the famous Taína Chief Yuisa, who lived in Loíza territory where he died. The trebols represent San Patrick, Apostle of Ireland and patron of the population.
Like all other municipalities, education in Loíza is administered by the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. Loíza has several elementary schools, but only two junior high and two high schools.
You can get to Loiza from San Juan by taking public city buses. Take the T5 or C53 to Isla Verde, and then get on the C45 and take it to its termination in Loiza. There is no public transportation connecting Loiza to the eastern cities of PR, and there are few if any hotels and guest houses in Loiza itself, but there are resorts in Rio Grande.
There are 5 bridges in Loíza.
- Loíza on ElYunque
- Loíza Capital de la Tradición on SalonHogar.net
- "Diggers to rescue survivors". www.fema.gov. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
- "Loíza Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
- Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
- Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
- Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
- "Map of Loíza at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
- Ethnicity 2010 census
- "Escrutinio General", Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico, 2018-07-08
- "Loíza Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
- Loíza and its barrios, United States Census Bureau
- Historic Places in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
- Puerto Rico Government Directory - Loíza
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Loiza.|