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Costa Rica Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 3,810   Population 2000 (UN '000) 4,024
Area (km2) 51,015   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 25
Number of Administrative Units 82   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 46
Number of Urban Extents 16   Number of Settlement Points 32

Costa Rica Details

Continent North America
Country Name Costa Rica
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Provincia
Level2 Type Cantones
Number of Units 82
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 46
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2000
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 3,055
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 3,405
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 3,810
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 3,049
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 3,554
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 4,024
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 51,015
Average Input Resolution (km) 25
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 32
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 309,700
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 19,200
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 44,701
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 16
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 1,958
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 68
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 255
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 4,078
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,662,620
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,797
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 125,621
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 2,009,935
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 8%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 51%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 60%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 30
Regression-estimated Extents 3
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
The population data sources are: (1) Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos, INEC. IX Censo Nacional de Poblacion y Vivivenda del 2000: and (2) 1996 data are estimates provided by the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos of Costa Rica
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Instituto Geografico Nacional. 1984. Mapa de Provincias y Cantones. Escala 1:1500000 Prepared by the Centro Internacional de Agricultural Tropical (CIAT).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,; World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Administrative centres of cantons, including adjacent areas with clear urban character-istics such as streets, urban services and electricity.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Population data for cantones (adminstrative level 2) were extrapolated to target years using growth rates calculated between 1996 and 2000.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes: