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Costa Rica Population 2022

Costa Rica officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America. Its bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and maritime border with Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.

According to the last census of Costa Rica (2011), the population of Costa Rica was 4,301,712. As per the World Population Prospects, 2019 by the United Nations, the population of  Costa Rica in 2022 is 5,094,114 (5 million)

Source: World Population Prospects 2019

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Population of Costa Rica in 2022  – 5.1 million (Approx)

 Costa Rica2022 Population
Total Population 5,094,114 
Central America Rank5
Land Area 51,060 sq.km (19,710 sq. mi)
Area Rank5
Pop. Density100 people/sq. km
Capital CitySan Jose
Fertility Rate1.76
Infant mortality rate 6.3
Median Age  33.5 Years
Life Expectancy 80.94 years
Urban Population 80%

Source: World Population Prospects 2019

Religion in Costa Rica

Christianity is the largest religion in Costa Rica and  83.1% of the population follows Christianity. Among Christians in Costa Rica, Catholics have the most adherents followed by the  Protestants.

For the Latest estimates, According to the 2020 report by the Latino barometer,  54.8% of the population followed Roman Catholicism, and 26.8%  are Protestants (25% Evangelical;  0.6% Methodist; 0.2% Baptism; 0.7% Adventist and 0.3% others protestant churches). Other Christians include 0.8% Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 0.7% Mormons.

15.9% of the population doesn’t affiliate with any religion. Non-Christian-based faiths population is at 1.2%.

Non-Christian Faith includes Jewish, Islam, Baháʼí Faith, and Buddism are the main minority religions.

According to a 2020 report by the Latino barometer religion percentage in Costa Rica is as follows

Religion / AffiliationsPercent
– Evangelical (no specific)– 25.0%
– Evangelical baptism– 0.2%
– Evangelical Methodist– 0.6%
– Evangelical Pentecostal– 0.1%
– Adventist– 0.7%
– Protestant Others0.2%
Jehovah’s Witnesses0.8%
Believers, not belong to the church1.0%
Other Religions0.2%
Don´t know0.4%
No answer0.4%

Source: https://www.latinobarometro.org/

Race and Ethnicity in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different races, ethnicity, and national backgrounds. The majority of the  population is composed of mestizos and whites, roughly 83.64%. Mestizos are mixed Amerindian and European ancestry (majority of them being of Spanish descent). 

The white population includes European Costa Ricans (of European ancestry), primarily of Spanish descent, with significant numbers of Italian, German, English, Dutch, French, Irish, Portuguese, and Polish families, as well a sizable Jewish community. 

The Mulatto segment (mix of white and black) represented 6.7% and About 2,42% of are indigenous, the descendants of the country’s original inhabitants.

Most of Indigenious live in secluded reservations, distributed among eight ethnic groups: Quitirrisí (in the Central Valley), Matambú or Chorotega (Guanacaste), Maleku (northern Alajuela), Bribri (southern Atlantic), Cabécar (Cordillera de Talamanca), Guaymí (southern Costa Rica, along the Panamá border), Boruca (southern Costa Rica) and Térraba [es] (southern Costa Rica).

1.05 % of Nicaragua’s population is black and mainly African ancestry and 0.21% of Chinese ancestry.

The racial composition is as follows

  • Mestizos and Whites – 83.64%
  • Mulatto – 6.72%
  • Indigenous –  2.42%
  • Black/Afro-Caribbean –  1.05%
  • Chinese – 0.21%
  • Other –  0.84%
  • Did not state –  2.21%

Source: 2011 census

Top Cities in Costa Rica by Population

1San José342 188
2Alajuela276 794
3Cartago151 744
4Heredia128 550
5Puntarenas122 335
6Limón96 314
7Liberia64 797
8San Isidro de El General45 773
9Quesada42 060
10Desamparados36 794
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