The municipalities of Puerto Rico number seventy-eight incorporated towns and cities. Each municipality is led by a mayor and divided into barrios, though the latter are not vested with any political authority. Every municipality is governed by the Autonomous Municipalities Act of 1991 which establishes that every municipality must have a strong mayor with a municipal legislature.

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  • The municipalities of Puerto Rico number seventy-eight incorporated towns and cities. Each municipality is led by a mayor and divided into barrios, though the latter are not vested with any political authority. Every municipality is governed by the Autonomous Municipalities Act of 1991 which establishes that every municipality must have a strong mayor with a municipal legislature. Furthermore, each legislature must be unicameral with its number of members varying according to the municipality's population. And, in contrast to other jurisdictions, both the mayors and the municipal legislators are elected on the same date for the same period of time.From an urban design perspective, several differences and similarities exist between the municipalities. For instance, municipalities with 50,000 inhabitants or more are considered incorporated cities, while those with fewer than 50,000 are considered incorporated towns. An additional difference between the two is the amount of autonomy each municipality has, with cities provisioning their own services while towns typically depend on nearby cities for certain services. Regardless of this differentiation, all municipalities have a barrio called pueblo proper (English: 'town') which typically hosts that municipality's original Spanish settlement and is also typically that municipality's urban core. Municipalities with large populations, however, may have an urban core that consist of several barrios.Other differences exist among the municipalities. Economic activity, for example, concentrates on the metropolitan areas surrounding the cities of San Juan, Ponce, Arecibo, Caguas, Mayaguez, Aguadilla, and Humacao, with most towns being commuter towns. Statistically, the municipality with the largest number of inhabitants is San Juan with around 400,000 while Culebra is the smallest with around 1,800. While in terms of territorial extension, Arecibo is the largest with around 125 mi2 and Cataño the smallest with around 4.8 mi2. (en)
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