Ponce, Puerto Rico

city and municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico

Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico outside of the San Juan metropolitan area.[1] It is in the southern part of the island. 186,475 people live there. It is also called La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South) and La Ciudad Señorial de Puerto Rico (Majestic city of Puerto Rico). Its actual mayor is Dr. Luis M. Irizarry Pabón (PPD).

The city of Ponce was founded in 1692 by Spanish people who lived near the Jacaguas river. The city was named after Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León.


Municipio Autónomo De Ponce
Autonomous Municipality Of Ponce
“La Ciudad Señorial”
Founded byJuan Ponce De Leon y Loayza
 • BodyGobierno De Puerto Rico
 • MayorHon. Luis M. Irizarry Pabón (Partido Popular Democrático (PPD))
Highest elevation
1,338 m (4,390 ft)
 • Total137,491
  1. "Puerto Rico - Ponce, Puerto Rico". Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-06-16.

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18°00′N 66°37′W / 18.000°N 66.617°W / 18.000; -66.617