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Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Municipality San Juan
 • Total 7.57 sq mi (19.6 km2)
 • Land 7.50 sq mi (19.4 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)
381 ft (116 m)
 • Total 36,058
 • Density 4,807.7/sq mi (1,856.3/km2)
  2010 census
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Cupey is one of the 18 barrios of the municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico located in the mountainous area of the municipality. It is the largest barrio or district in the San Juan and the third most populous with 36,659 inhabitants according to Census 2000. The territorial land area of Cupey is 7.49 square miles (19.40 km2). It is bound by the municipality of Caguas to the South, by the municipality of Trujillo Alto to the East, by the barrios of Caimito and Monacillo to the West, and by the barrios of El Cinco and Sabana Llana Sur to the North. Between 1990 and 2000 Cupey had a 17.98% increase in population, more than any other barrio in San Juan.


The ward of Cupey was a former ward of the disappeared town of Rio Piedras, and was divided by the wards of Cupey Alto (Upper Cupey) and Cupey Bajo (Lower Cupey). In 1956, the Puerto Rico Legislature integated the town of Rio Piedras to the town of San Juan. Today, Cupey is the biggest ward in San Juan in territorial terms.


The Cupey ward is 7.49 square miles (19.40 km²). Its bound to the north by the San Juan wards of El Cinco along State Road PR-176, and by Sabana Llana Sur in the Venus Gardens neighborhood. Form the south is bound by the town of Caguas starting in the intersection of state roads PR-176 and PR-175. From the east is bound by the town of Trujillo Alto along state road PR-199. From the west is bound by the San Juan wards of Caimito, starting at the intersection of state road PR-199 and state highway PR-52, and by Monacillo starting in the intersection of state

San Juan's only lake, Lago Las Curías, is located in Cupey. It was originally dammed in 1946 by the Municipal Government of San Juan to provide potable water to the cities of Río Piedras and San Juan, later transferred to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and is currently owned by the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewer Authority (PRASA). The earthen dam is approximately 75 feet high and 800 feet long and its design capacity is 1,120 acres-feet.

Notable residents

  • Cheo Feliciano, salsa legend
  • Raul Julia, actor
  • Rafael Hernández, composer and musician
  • Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rico Nationalist leader
  • Kenneth McClintock, Secretary of State and Senate President
  • Thomas Rivera Schatz, Senate President
  • Jorge Santini, Mayor of San Juan
  • Félix Trinidad, world champion boxer, member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Felix Trinidad Sr., Puerto Rico national Featherweight boxing champion
  • Walter Mercado, Astrologer, actor, dancer, and writer, best known as a television personality for his shows as an astrologer.

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