Provinces of Costa Rica facts for kids

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The provinces (Spanish: provincias) are administrative parts of Costa Rica as in other countries.

The Constitution of Costa Rica says, in its Article 168, "For Public Administration purposes, the national territory is divided into provinces, these into cantons and cantons into districts."

As of 2016, there are 7 provinces (provincias), 81 cantons (cantones), and 473 districts (districtos).

History

The Law No. 36 of 7 December 1848 divided the country, for the first time, in provinces, cantons and districts, and created 6 provinces:

  1. San José
  2. Alajuela
  3. Cartago
  4. Heredia
  5. Guanacaste

The law made Puntarenas as comarca, an old category that does not exist any more. Puntarenas was made a province in 1858. In 1870, Limón was made a comarca with the eastern part of the Cartago province; in 1902, Limón was made a province.

List of provinces

Costa Rica provinces named
The seven provinces of Costa Rica
Flag Province Map ISO 3166-2 Capital Area
(km2)
Population
(2011)
Density
Bandera de la Provincia de San José.svg San José Costa Rica San Jose.png CR-SJ San José &&&&&&&&&&&04965.9000004,965.90 &&&&&&&&01404242.&&&&&01,404,242 282.8
Bandera de la Provincia de Alajuela.svg Alajuela Costa Rica Alajuela.png CR-A Alajuela &&&&&&&&&&&09757.5300009,757.53 &&&&&&&&&0848146.&&&&&0848,146 86.9
Bandera de la Provincia de Cartago.svg Cartago Costa Rica Cartago.png CR-C Cartago &&&&&&&&&&&03124.6700003,124.67 &&&&&&&&&0490903.&&&&&0490,903 157.1
Bandera de la Provincia de Heredia.svg Heredia Costa Rica Heredia.png CR-H Heredia &&&&&&&&&&&02656.9800002,656.98 &&&&&&&&&0433677.&&&&&0433,677 163.2
Bandera de la Provincia de Guanacaste.svg Guanacaste Costa Rica Guanacaste.png CR-G Liberia &&&&&&&&&&010140.71000010,140.71 &&&&&&&&&0326953.&&&&&0326,953 32.2
Bandera de la Provincia de Puntarenas.svg Puntarenas Costa Rica Puntarenas.png CR-P Puntarenas &&&&&&&&&&011265.69000011,265.69 &&&&&&&&&0410929.&&&&&0410,929 36.5
Bandera de la Provincia de Limón.svg Limón Costa Rica Limon.png CR-L Puerto Limón &&&&&&&&&&&09188.5200009,188.52 &&&&&&&&&0386862.&&&&&0386,862 42.1

See also


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