Alajuela

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
Flag of Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Official seal of Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Nickname(s): 
Ciudad de los Mangos  (Spanish)
" City of Mangoes "
Motto(s): 
Pro Patria Nostra — Sanguis Noster   (Latin)
" For our country, our blood "
Alajuela, Costa Rica is located in Costa Rica
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 10°01′N 84°13′W / 10.017°N 84.217°W / 10.017; -84.217Coordinates: 10°01′N 84°13′W / 10.017°N 84.217°W / 10.017; -84.217
CountryCosta Rica
ProvinceAlajuela Province
CantonAlajuela
Founded1782
Government
 • MayorRoberto Thompson
Area
 • Total8.88 km2 (3.43 sq mi)
Population
(2012)
 • Total42,975
 • Density4,800/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Postal code
20101-114
Websitehttp://www.munialajuela.go.cr

Alajuela is the second largest city in Costa Rica. It is the capital of Alajuela Province. It is the birthplace of Juan Santamaría (the national hero of Costa Rica). It is also the birthplace of Carlos Luis Fallas. Juan Santamaría International Airport of Costa Rica is south of Alajuela's downtown.