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Ponce (/ˈpɔːnseɪ/; Spanish: [ˈponse] ) is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. The city is the seat of the municipal government. Ponce, Puerto Rico's most populated city outside the San Juan metropolitan area, is named for Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce is often referred to as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), La Ciudad Señorial (The Manorial City), and La Ciudad de las Quenepas (Genip City). The city serves as the governmental seat of the autonomous municipality as well as the regional hub for various Government of Puerto Rico entities, such as the Judiciary of Puerto Rico. It is also the regional center for various other commonwealth and federal government agencies. The Municipality of Ponce, officially the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, is located in the Southern Coastal Plain region of the island, south of Adjuntas, Utuado, and Jayuya; east of Peñuelas; west of Juana Díaz; and bordered on the south by the Caribbean Sea. The municipality has a total of 31 barrios (wards), including 19 outside the city's urban area and 12 in the urban area of the city. The historic Ponce Pueblo district, located in the downtown area of the city, is shared by several of the downtown barrios, and is located approximately three miles (4.8 km) inland from the shores of the Caribbean. Ponce is a principal city of both the Ponce Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area. The municipality of Ponce is the second largest in Puerto Rico by land area, and it was the first in Puerto Rico to obtain its autonomy, becoming the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce in 1992.


The city of Ponce is home to a majority of the government offices in Puerto Rico. Also present in the city are some of the best specimens of Puerto Rican architecture. A majority of these specimens are around the Plaza Ias Delicias. You can check out some of the best works in Puerto Rican art at the Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Caja de Muertos is an uninhabited island where you can spend a day lazing on the beach or snorkelling. Visit the Hacienda Buena Vista Plantation to learn how coffee is grown. There is a museum on the premises that will tell you all that you need to know about coffee. The Parque de Bombas is a landmark in Ponce. It was formerly a fire station but has now been converted into a tourist office. Visit the city of Ponce for a Puerto Rican getaway.

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Facts and Stats for Ponce*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ponce

    Know the pollution level of Ponce before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 93.75 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 40 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Ponce: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ponce for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ponce.

    • Burglary and Theft 65.48 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 77.38 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 82.14 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 84.52 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 65.48 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 83.33 (Very High)
    • Attacks 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 89.29 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 15.48 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 67.86 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 72.62 (High)
  • Living in Ponce - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ponce is 119.17 (High)

    • Safety Index 27.13 (Low)
    • Climate Index 79.56 (High)
    • Pollution Index 69.66 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.75 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 64.67 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 38.89 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.05 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 84.64 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ponce

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ponce

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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