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Naranjito

Municipio de Naranjito
Town and Municipality
Jesús Izcoa Moure Bridge in Naranjito
Flag of Naranjito
Flag
Coat of arms of Naranjito
Coat of arms
Nicknames: 
"La Ciudad de los Colores", "El Pueblo de los Changos"
Motto(s): 
"Naranjito Brilla"
Anthem: Naranjito, mi hogar predilecto
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Naranjito Municipality
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Naranjito Municipality
Coordinates: 18°18′03″N 66°14′42″W / 18.30083°N 66.24500°W / 18.30083; -66.24500Coordinates: 18°18′03″N 66°14′42″W / 18.30083°N 66.24500°W / 18.30083; -66.24500
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Founded December 3, 1824
Founded by Braulio Morales
Barrios
Area
 • Total 28.4 sq mi (73.54 km2)
 • Land 28.2 sq mi (73.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.54 km2)
Elevation
2,997 ft (700 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 29,241
 • Density 1,029.6/sq mi (397.62/km2)
Demonym(s) Naranjiteños
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
ZIP Codes
00719
Area code(s) 787/939
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Naranjito is a town and municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central region of the island, north of Toa Alta; south of Barranquitas and Comerío; east of Corozal; and west of Bayamón. Naranjito is spread over 15 barrios and Naranjito Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The struggle to form the Naranjito town began in 1810. After a series of major incidents with powerful political interests of the time, on December 3, 1824, Don Braulio Morales successfully founded the town of Naranjito. The town was founded in the neighborhood of the same name, on a land donated by Doña Manuela Rivera and Don Braulio Morales. Morales was named "Captain Settler" and at the same time was appointed mayor of the town in development. The name "Naranjito" is derived from a small orange tree that served as a reference point for travelers looking for in the shortest way to the town of Toa Alta. At the time of its foundation, Naranjito consisted of five wards/districts, "Lomas", "Guadiana", "Achiote", "Nuevo" and "Cedro". "Cedro" was divided in 1853 in "Cedro Arriba" and "Cedro Abajo", also having the urban zone composed by "San Miguel", "San Antonio" and "San Cristobal" districts.

Cityscape

Barrios

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Anones Park
  • Cancha Gelito Ortega
  • Cedro Abajo Falls (Las Lagrimas Falls)
  • La Marina Boardwalk
  • La Plata Lake
  • Las Avispas Hills
  • Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Trovador Plaza
  • Mirador de Anones
  • Puente Atirantado Jesús Izcoa Moure
  • El Cerro Community

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Mothers Day - May
  • San Antonio Day - June
  • Chango Festival - June
  • Anon Festival - June
  • Volleyball Tournament - February - June
  • San Miguel Arcangel Day - September
  • Patron Festivities - September - October
  • Turkey marathon - November

Sports

"Los Changos de Naranjito" are a professional male volleyball team based in Naranjito. The team is one of the most successful sport's franchises in Puerto Rico.

Symbols

Flag

Naranjito's flag consists of an orange flag crossed by two narrow green stripes close to the superior and inferior edges. The orange color in the flag symbolizes the town of Naranjito (little orange tree), while the green symbolizes its green mountains.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms is a red cross, the symbol of San Miguel de Arcángel, Patron of Naranjito. The globe with the cross symbolizes the power and sovereignty of God. The gold and red stripes that appear in the second and third quarters, constitute the primitive baton of the Guadiana lineage. The lily twigs are a tribute of San Antonio de Padua, confessor and doctor of the Church. The orange tree represents the small tree that gave the town's name, Naranjito. The crown is symbol of moral unit of the town.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 8,101
1910 8,876 9.6%
1920 10,503 18.3%
1930 11,645 10.9%
1940 13,954 19.8%
1950 15,927 14.1%
1960 17,319 8.7%
1970 19,913 15.0%
1980 23,633 18.7%
1990 27,914 18.1%
2000 29,709 6.4%
2010 30,402 2.3%
2020 29,241 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010 2020

Economy

Traditionally the main agricultural crops of Naranjito are coffee and the tobacco. In recent years have borne fruits such as bananas, oranges, papayas, and other tropical fruits; also in the town the poultry factory has been very popular, specifically the dairy cattle (fresh milk). Naranjito has many factories, most of these factories make garments (clothing).

Education

Naranjito includes several public and private schools distributed through several regions. Public education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education

Elementary schools

  • Bernarda Robles De Hevia
  • Don Manolo Rivera
  • Felipa Sanchez Cruzado
  • Jose Archilla Cabrera
  • Josefina Marrero
  • Francisco Roque Muñoz
  • Rosa Luz Zayas
  • Silvestre Martinez

Middle and junior high schools

  • Coleen Vazquez Urrutia
  • Mercedes Rosado
  • S.U. Adolfo Garcia
  • S.U. Fidel G Padilla
  • S.U. Pedro Fernandez

High schools

  • Francisco Morales
  • Vocacional Rubén Rodríguez Figueroa

Private schools

  • Academia Santa Teresita (K-12)

Transportation

There are 19 bridges in Naranjito.

Notable people

  • Francisco López Cruz, an important musicologist, musician, composer, and educator that dedicated his life to promote Puerto Rican Folk music.
  • Yazaira Lopez, the winner of Va por Ti co-production of Univision and Televisa 2014
  • Christian Nieves, an internationally known cuatro player
  • Barbara Serrano, recognized writer and first runner-up of Miss World Puerto Rico 2001.

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