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Alajuela, Costa Rica
Flag of Alajuela, Costa Rica
Official seal of Alajuela, Costa Rica
Nickname(s): Ciudad de los Mangos  (Spanish)
" City of Mangoes "

Motto: Pro Patria Nostra — Sanguis Noster   (Latin)
" For our country, our blood "

Location in Costa Rica
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela Province
Canton Alajuela
Founded 1782
 • Total 8.88 km2 (3.43 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 42,975
 • Density 4,839.5/km2 (12,534/sq mi)
Postal code 20101-114

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 located south of Alajuela's downtown.

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