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Where is Costa Rica?

map showing the location of Costa Rica

Located in the continent of Central America, Costa Rica covers 51,060 square kilometers of land and 40 square kilometers of water, making it the 131st largest nation in the world with a total area of 51,100 square kilometers.

Costa Rica became an independent state in 1838, after gaining its sovereignty from Spain. The population of Costa Rica is 4,636,348 (2012) and the nation has a density of 91 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC). As well, the people of Costa Rica are refered to as Costa Rican.

The dialing code for the country is 506 and the top level internet domain for Costa Rican sites is .cr.

Costa Rica shares land borders with 2 countries: Nicaragua, Panama.

To learn more, visit our detailed Costa Rica section.

Quick facts

Population 4,636,348
Density 90.8 / km2 ( 235.2 / mi2 )
Language Spanish
Independence Year 1838
Capital San Jose (San Jose)
Currency Costa Rican Colon
GDP 49,552,580,683 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 10,688 (2014 data)
Land Area 51,060 km2 (19,714 mi2)
Water Area 40 km2 (15 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Panama, Nicaragua
Minimum Longitude -87.100
Maximum Longitude -82.560
Mininum Latitude 5.500
Maximum Latitude 11.210

What is the capital of Costa Rica?

map showing the location of Costa Rica
Location of San Jose on a map.

San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica. It has a population of 335,007, and is located on a latitue of 9.93 and longitude of -84.08.

San Jose is also the political center of Costa Rica, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About San Jose, the Capital Of Costa Rica

City San Jose
Country Costa Rica
Population 335,007
Longitude -84.08333000
Latitude 9.93333000
Elevation 1161 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in Costa Rica

Rank City Population
#1San Jose335,007
#3San Francisco55,923

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.