San José Province

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Province of San José
Provincia de San José
Province
National theatre, San José
National theatre, San José
Flag of Province of San José
Flag
Coat of arms of Province of San José
Coat of arms
Location of the Province of San José
Location of the Province of San José
Coordinates: 9°56′N 84°05′W / 9.933°N 84.083°W / 9.933; -84.083Coordinates: 9°56′N 84°05′W / 9.933°N 84.083°W / 9.933; -84.083
Country Costa Rica
Capital city San José
Area[1]
 • Total 4,965.90 km2 (1,917.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 1,404,242
 • Density 282.7769/km2 (732.3889/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Josefino
ISO 3166 code CR-SJ

San José is a province of Costa Rica. It is in the central part of the country. The provincial capital, and the national capital since 1823, is the city of San José.

Location[change | change source]

The San José province borders with the Alajuela and Heredia provinces to the north, with the Cartago and Limón provinces to the east; and the Puntarenas to the south and the west.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

San José is in the central part of the country. The province has an area of 4,965.90 km2 (1,917.34 sq mi).[1]

The main mountains in the province are Turrubares, Camora, Cangreja, Nara, Cerro de la Muerte, San Jerónimo and Las Vueltas.

Some of the rivers that flow through the province are Grande de Candelaria, Pirrís, Virilla, Naranjo, División, Chirripó, General y Pejibaye.[3]

Demographics[change | change source]

People from the province are known as josefinos (women:josefinas).[3]

The San José province had a population, in 2011, of 1,404,242 for a population density of 282.8 inhabitants/km2. The canton of San José, with 288,054 inhabitants, is the canton with more inhabitants.[2]

Evolution of the population in San José province[2]

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

The San José province is divided in 20 cantons, which are divided into 124 Districts.[2]

No. Canton Capital Districts[4] Population
(2011)
Area
(km²)
Density
(inh./km²)
1 San José San José 11 288,054 44.62 6,455.7
2 Escazú Escazú 3 56,509 34.49 1,638.4
3 Desamparados Desamparados 13 208,411 118.26 1,762.3
4 Puriscal Puriscal 10 33,004 553.66 59.6
5 Tarrazú San Marcos 3 16,280 297.5 54.7
6 Aserrí Aserrí 7 57,892 167.10 346.5
7 Mora Ciudad Colón 7 26,294 162.04 162.3
8 Goicoechea Guadalupe 7 115,084 31.50 3,653.5
9 Santa Ana Santa Ana 6 49,123 61.42 799.8
10 Alajuelita Alajuelita 5 77,603 21.17 3,665.7
11 Vásquez de Coronado San Isidro 5 60,486 222.20 272.2
12 Acosta San Ignacio 5 20,209 342.24 59.0
13 Tibás San Juan 5 64,842 8.15 7,956.1
14 Moravia San Vicente 3 56,919 28.62 1,988.8
15 Montes de Oca San Vicente 4 49,132 15.16 3,240.9
16 Turrubares San Pablo 5 5,512 415.29 13.3
17 Dota Santa María 3 6,948 400.22 17.4
18 Curridabat Curridabat 4 65,206 15.95 4,088.2
19 Pérez Zeledón San Isidro de El General 12 134,534 1,905.51 70.6
20 León Cortés San Pablo 6 12,200 120.80 101.0
The province 124 1,404,242 4,965.90 282.8

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Anuario Estadístico 2012 - 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). June 2015. p. 44. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Anuario Estadístico 2012 - 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). June 2015. p. 103. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Provincia: San José" (in Spanish). Guías Costa Rica. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  4. "División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Diario Oficial La Gaceta. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.