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Aguada: "Ciudad del Descubrimiento"


Aguada is a municipality of Puerto Rico, located in the western coastal valley region bordering the Atlantic Ocean, east of Rincón, west of Aguadilla and Moca, and north of Añasco and Mayagüez. It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

Aguada's population is spread over 18 "barrios", or wards, and Aguada Pueblo, which is the downtown area and the administrative center of the city. These 18 wards are:

Asomante Atalaya Carrizal
Cerro Gordo Cruces Espinar
Guanábano Guaniquilla  Guayabo
Jagüey Chiquito Jagüey Lagunas
Mal Paso Mamey Marías
Naranjo Piedras Blancas Río Grande

 

Tourism

Aguada is part of the Porta del Sol touristic region in Puerto Rico. The Porta del Sol website highlights Aguada's town square and beaches as its most notable touristic attractions. It also mentions landmarks like the Espinar Hermitage Ruins and a children playground. Other landmarks and places of interest in Aguada are:

  1. The Coloso Sugar Cane Refinery
  2. La Cruz de Culebrinas
  3. Pico de Piedra Beach
  4. Loma Linda Stables
  5. San Francisco de Asís Parish
  6. Aguada's Transmission Station, the tallest man-made structure in Puerto Rico.

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Economy

The economy of Aguada was mostly based on the processing of sugarcane. The Central Coloso, located in the Guanábano ward of Aguada, was one of the most important refineries in the island. It was also the last one to cease operations, officially closing in 2003.

Aside of sugar mills, there was also a cattle and wood industry established. As of 2012, the economy relies mostly on small businesses and manufacturing.

Late in 2014, the government announced a $172 million deal with private investors to restart sugar production in Puerto Rico for the purpose of supplying the rum producers of the Island with up to 56% of their need for molasses. The plan involved building a new processing plant on the grounds of the old Coloso Sugar Cane factory in Aguada.

Population 

In 2010, the population of Aguada was 41,959, which represented a small decrease from the 42,042 registered in the 2000 Census.This has been the first decrease in population in the last century. Aguada's population had been increasing steadily from 14,670 in 1930 to its current population.

According to the 2010 Census, 86.6% of the population identifies themselves as White, and 5.3% as Black. Also, according to the census, the population is equally divided by gender (49.1% are males, while 50.1% are females). Finally, 23.7% of the population is under 18 years old. The next biggest percentage of population (20.8%) is between 35 to 49 years old.businesses and manufacturing.

Late in 2014, the government announced a $172 million deal with private investors to restart sugar production in Puerto Rico for the purpose of supplying the rum producers of the Island with up to 56% of their need for molasses. The plan involved building a new processing plant on the grounds of the old Coloso Sugar Cane factory in Aguada.