It is the geographic center of the Old Garden
of Alicante. Its limits are with the settled areas of Alicante (7 km), Mutxamel (1 km) and El Campello (3 km).
It is within the Alicante metropolitan area and shares the same fire department
and metro services. Its population growth is due to its function as a bedroom community, as well
as in recent years, its isolation from tourist areas, its cultural and academic
activities, and because has part of the campus of the University Miguel
Hernández of Elx/Elche.
It comprises two zones: the town of Sant Joan and Benimagrell, which is now
joined through its urban expansion.
As of the census of 2005, the population was
19,711 spread on a surface of 9,64 square kilometers.