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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 "
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela Province
Canton Alajuela
Founded 1782
Government
 • Mayor Roberto Thompson
Area
 • 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
Website http://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.

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