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Province of Cartago

Provincia de Cartago
Flag of Province of Cartago
Coat of arms of Province of Cartago
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Location of the Province of Cartago
Location of the Province of Cartago
Country Costa Rica
Capital city Cartago
 • Total 3,124.67 km2 (1,206.44 sq mi)
 • Total 490,903
 • Density 157.1056/km2 (406.9015/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cartaginés
ISO 3166 code CR-C

Cartago is a province of Costa Rica. It is in the central part of the country. The provincial capital is the city of Cartago.


The Cartago province is a landlocked province (it does not border the ocean) and is bordered on the east and north by the Limón province and on the south and west by the San José province.


Cartago is the second smallest province of Costa Rica, only the Heredia province is smaller. It has an area of 3,124.67 km2 (1,206.44 sq mi).

There are two mountain ranges in the province: the Cordillera Central ("Central mountain range"), also known as Volcanic Central mountain range, and the Talamanca mountain range.

There are several volcanoes in the province; among them are the Irazú, 3,432 m (11,260 ft) high, and the Turrialba, 3,340 m (10,960 ft) high.

Some rivers in the province are Reventado, Reventazón, Palomo, Grande de Orosi, Macho, Tiribí, Chirripó, Tuis and Pejibaye.


A person from the province is known as cartaginés (woman: cartaginesa).

The Cartago province had a population, in 2011, of 490,903 for a population density of 157.1 inhabitants/km2. The canton of Cartago, with 147,898 inhabitants, is the canton with more inhabitants.

Evolution of the population in Cartago

Administrative divisions

The Cartago province is divided in 8 cantons, which are divided into 47 Districts.

Cantons of Cartago
No. Canton Capital Districts Population
1 Cartago Cartago 11 &&&&&&&&&0151774.&&&&&0151,774 &&&&&&&&&&&&0287.770000287.77 527.4
2 Paraíso Paraíso 5 &&&&&&&&&&058030.&&&&&058,030 &&&&&&&&&&&&0411.910000411.91 43.5
3 La Unión Tres Ríos 8 &&&&&&&&&0101195.&&&&&0101,195 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.83000044.83 2,257.3
4 Jiménez Juan Viñas 3 &&&&&&&&&&015716.&&&&&015,716 &&&&&&&&&&&&0286.430000286.43 54.9
5 Turrialba Turrialba 12 &&&&&&&&&&072631.&&&&&072,631 &&&&&&&&&&&01642.6700001,642.67 44.2
6 Alvarado Pacayas 3 &&&&&&&&&&014302.&&&&&014,302 &&&&&&&&&&&&&081.&6000081.06 176.4
7 Oreamuno San Rafael 5 &&&&&&&&&&046136.&&&&&046,136 &&&&&&&&&&&&0202.310000202.31 228.0
8 El Guarco Tejar 4 &&&&&&&&&&042474.&&&&&042,474 &&&&&&&&&&&&0167.690000167.69 253.3


An important economic activity in the province is farming. Important crops in the province are potato, coffee, sugarcane, Macadamia nut, pejibaye and ornamental plants.

Cartago has attracted many export-orientated manufacturing companies, especially within the industrial zone, the largest in the country.

There are eight dams in the province to produce hydroelectricity.


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