Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

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Santa Isabel

Municipio Autónomo de Santa Isabel
Town and Municipality
Jauca 2, Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico - panoramio.jpg
Flag of Santa Isabel
Flag
Nicknames: 
Tierra de Campeones,
La Ciudad de los Potros
Anthem: "En un pedazo del sur estás presente"
Location of Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico
Location of Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 17°57′58″N 66°24′18″W / 17.96611°N 66.40500°W / 17.96611; -66.40500Coordinates: 17°57′58″N 66°24′18″W / 17.96611°N 66.40500°W / 17.96611; -66.40500
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
FoundedOctober 5, 1842
Government
 • MayorEnrique "Quique" Questell Alvarado (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist.6 - Guayama
 • Representative dist.30 
Population
 (2010)
 • Total23,274
Demonym(s)Santaisabelinos
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code
00757
Major routesPR secondary 1.svg PR secondary 153.svg PR secondary 161.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 52.svg

Santa Isabel (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanta isaˈβel]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the southern coast, south of Coamo; east of Juana Díaz; and west of Salinas. Santa Isabel is spread over 7 wards and Santa Isabel Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center). It is the principal city of the Santa Isabel Micropolitan Statistical Area and is part of the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area.

Santa Isabel is known as La Ciudad de los Potros ("The City of the Colts").

History

Santa Isabel was founded on October 5, 1842 by Antonio Vélez.

Geography

Santa Isabel[1] is on the southern coast.

Barrios

Subdivisions of Santa Isabel.

Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Santa Isabel is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a barrio referred to as "el pueblo".[2][3][4][5]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19004,858
19106,95943.2%
19207,2574.3%
19308,88622.4%
194011,46829.1%
195013,47817.5%
196014,5427.9%
197016,05610.4%
198019,85423.7%
199019,318−2.7%
200021,66512.1%
201023,2747.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1899 (shown as 1900)[7] 1910-1930[8]
1930-1950[9] 1960-2000[10] 2010[4]

Tourism

Central Cortada in Santa Isabel

Landmarks and places of interest

  • El Malecón (boardwalk)
  • Indian Museum
  • Jauca Beach
  • Hacienda Alomar Ruins

Economy

Agriculture

The surrounding areas produces fruits and vegetables. Campo Fresco, a Puerto Rican company, owns a plant in Santa Isabel, from where they produce Jugos Lotus juice and other drink brands.[11]

Industry

Aerospace electrical and electronic, metal products and nutritional products.

Special Communities Program

In 2001, law 1-2001 was passed[12] to identify communities with high levels of poverty in Puerto Rico.[13] In 2017, Governor Rosello created a new government agency to work with the Special Communities of Puerto Rico Program.[14][15] Of the 742 places on the list of Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods are in Santa Isabel: Playita Cortada Sector Islote, Sector Canta Sapo, Sector Descalabrado, Sector El Río, Sector Florida, Sector la Pica, Sector Villa Pote, and Sector Villa Pulga (Villa del Mar).[16]

Culture

Festivals and Events

  • Agroferia Santa Isabel - April
  • Carnaval de Baloncesto Barrio Ollas - July
  • Patron Celebrations - July
  • City Foundation Anniversary - October
  • Encendido Navideño Barriada Felicia, Calle Elifaz Ostolaza - November

Schools

Elementary

  • Escuela Martín G. Brumbaugh
  • Escuela John F. Kennedy
  • Escuela Esther Rivera
  • Escuela Ana L. Rosa Tricoche
  • Escuela Apolonia Valentín
  • Escuela Ana Valldejuly
  • Escuela Emilio Casas

Middle school

  • Escuela Manuel Martín Monserrate

High school

  • Escuela Elvira M. Colón

Second Units

  • Escuela S.U. Pedro Meléndez (Playita Cortada)

Private Education

  • Colegio Evangélico Fuente De Sabiduría (K-6)
  • Colegio LOGOS

Sports

Santa Isabel is known as Tierra de Campeones (Land of Champions) because of its rich sports tradition (especially in Baseball). The city is home to the Santa Isabel Potros baseball team. The Potros won the 1992 National Championship of the Federación de Béisbol Aficionado de Puerto Rico. The team plays its home games at Estadio Municipal Luis Guillermo Moreno.

Government

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. Enrique "Quique" Questell (of the New Progressive Party) was elected at the 2004 general election.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. Rodríguez were elected as District Senators.[17]

Transportation

There are 12 bridges in Santa Isabel.[18]

Symbols

Flag

The flag is divided horizontally into three stripes; white at the top, yellow in the center and red at the bottom, and may be decorated with sugar cane stems.

Alternate flag of Santa Isabel with sugar cane stem ornamentation

Coat of arms

The crown stands for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary (Isabel in Spanish). The shells are a symbol of St. James the patron saint of the town, as well as for the many shells found near the town.

Notable Santaisabelinos

See also

References

  1. ^ "Santa Isabel Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  5. ^ "Map of Santa Isabel at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Report of the Census of Porto Rico 1899". War Department Office Director Census of Porto Rico. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Table 3-Population of Municipalities: 1930 1920 and 1910" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Table 4-Area and Population of Municipalities Urban and Rural: 1930 to 1950" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Table 2 Population and Housing Units: 1960 to 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "La planta de jugos Campofresco en Santa Isabel". Santa Isabel PR.
  12. ^ "Leyes del 2001". Lex Juris Puerto Rico (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). 8 August 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Evoluciona el proyecto de Comunidades Especiales". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Ya es ley Oficina para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico y Comunitario". El Vocero de Puerto Rico (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  16. ^ Rivera Quintero, Marcia (2014), El vuelo de la esperanza:Proyecto de las Comunidades Especiales Puerto Rico, 1997-2004 (Primera edición ed.), San Juan, Puerto Rico Fundación Sila M. Calderón, p. 273, ISBN 978-0-9820806-1-0
  17. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
  18. ^ "Santa Isabel Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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