Lares Town Hall
|Location in Puerto Rico|
|Foundation :||April 26, 1827|
|State :||United States|
|Outside area :||Puerto Rico|
|Time zone :||Atlantic Standard Time ( UTC − 4 )|
|Residents :||30,753 (as of 2010)|
|Population density :||193.2 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||159.6 km 2 (approx. 62 mi 2 ) of
which 159.2 km 2 (approx. 61 mi 2 ) is land
|Height :||319 m|
|Postcodes :||00669, 00631|
|Area code :||+1 787 939|
|GNIS ID :||1611348|
Lares is a city in the mountainous west of Puerto Rico . At the United States Census 2010 Lares had 30,753 inhabitants, the population is falling sharply. In July 2016 it was estimated at 26,692. The urban area is 161 km². Lares can be reached by car in around an hour and a half from the capital, San Juan . The townscape is characterized by churches from the colonial era and small shops.
On September 23, 1868, Lares was the scene of the first Puerto Rican revolt against Spanish rule. He was quickly put down by the militia . The events went down in history as the Grito de Lares (Scream of Lares).