Population of Cities in Costa Rica (2021)

The Central American country of Costa Rica is known for its beaches, rainforest and wildlife, and around a quarter of the country consists of protected jungle that is home to a diverse range of species. The capital city of San José is located in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, and is bordered by mountains to the north and volcanoes to the south. The largest city in the country, San José has a population of 333,980, which increases to over two million for the larger metropolitan area. San José is also Costa Rica's center of political and economic activity, with over a million people travelling to the city center to work each day.

Costa Rica is made up of seven provinces which are divided into 82 cantons. Alajuela is the second-largest canton (after San José), with a population of 285,259, and is known for being a key area for the production of coffee and strawberries. The canton of Desamparados, which borders the capital city of San José, has a population of 206,708, making it the third most populous canton in the country. Several of Costa Rica's cantons have very small populations, including Hojancha (7,197), San Mateo (6,136), and Turrubares (5,512).

Costa Rica has 0 cities with more than a million people, 1 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 54 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Costa Rica is San Jose, with a population of 335,007 people.

Name 2021 Population
San Jose335,007
Limon63,081
San Francisco55,923
Alajuela47,494
Liberia45,380
Paraiso39,702
Puntarenas35,650
San Isidro34,877
Curridabat34,586
San Vicente de Moravia34,447
San Vicente34,447
San Jose31,430
Purral30,034
Turrialba28,955
San Miguel28,827
San Pedro27,477
San Rafael Abajo27,419
Quesada27,310
Ipis26,669
Cartago26,594
Chacarita26,354
San Juan26,047
Mercedes26,007
Guadalupe26,005
Aserri25,874
San Rafael25,410
San Felipe24,985
Patarra23,983
Tejar22,433
Heredia21,947
San Pablo21,662
Calle Blancos20,710
Canas20,306
Guapiles19,092
Siquirres18,231
San Diego16,991
Colima15,875
Esparza15,575
San Juan de Dios15,469
Nicoya15,313
San Rafael Arriba15,051
Desamparados14,448
Concepcion14,000
Alajuelita13,845
Sabanilla13,251
Granadilla12,683
Santa Cruz12,281
San Josecito12,195
Escazu12,071
Naranjo11,853
Buenos Aires11,680
San Antonio10,938
San Ramon10,765
Tres Rios10,430
Daniel Flores10,028
Rio Segundo9,853
Colon9,687
San Rafael8,887
Santiago8,292
Santa Ana8,029
Quepos7,810
San Juan7,729
Tilaran7,301
Corredor7,084
Guacimo7,022
Atenas7,014
Cot6,784
Golfito6,777
Llorente6,626
Miramar6,540
Orotina6,135
Santo Domingo5,745
Salitrillos5,738
Mercedes5,467
Pocora5,248

Population of All Cities in Costa Rica

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