Costa Rica Population (LIVE)

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Costa Rica Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Costa Rica is 5,068,257 as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Costa Rica 2019 population is estimated at 5,047,561 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Costa Rica population is equivalent to 0.07% of the total world population.
  • Costa Rica ranks number 120 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Costa Rica is 99 per Km2 (256 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 51,060 Km2 (19,714 sq. miles)
  • 79.3 % of the population is urban (4,003,302 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Costa Rica is 31.7 years.

Population of Costa Rica (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCosta Rica
Global Rank
2019 5,047,561 0.96 % 48,120 4,200 31.7 1.83 99 79.3 % 4,003,302 0.07 % 7,713,468,100 120
2018 4,999,441 1.00 % 49,487 4,200 31.7 1.83 98 78.6 % 3,929,845 0.07 % 7,631,091,040 120
2017 4,949,954 1.03 % 50,609 4,200 31.7 1.83 97 77.9 % 3,853,956 0.07 % 7,547,858,925 120
2016 4,899,345 1.06 % 51,541 4,200 31.7 1.83 96 77.1 % 3,775,780 0.07 % 7,464,022,049 120
2015 4,847,804 1.15 % 54,085 3,932 31.2 1.85 95 76.2 % 3,695,430 0.07 % 7,379,797,139 120
2010 4,577,378 1.33 % 58,375 6,068 29.1 1.94 90 71.2 % 3,260,590 0.07 % 6,956,823,603 119
2005 4,285,502 1.58 % 64,626 8,358 27.2 2.15 84 65.1 % 2,789,638 0.07 % 6,541,907,027 119
2000 3,962,372 2.25 % 83,36817,905 25.3 2.61 78 58.5 % 2,318,040 0.06 % 6,143,493,823 120
1995 3,545,534 2.59 % 85,220 13,840 24.1 3.07 69 54.0 % 1,915,604 0.06 % 5,744,212,979 124
1990 3,119,433 2.65 % 76,544 3,483 23.0 3.41 61 49.6 % 1,548,102 0.06 % 5,327,231,061 126
1985 2,736,712 2.75 % 69,347 3,775 21.9 3.50 54 45.3 % 1,240,768 0.06 % 4,870,921,740 127
1980 2,389,977 2.68 % 59,158 3,485 20.5 3.70 47 43.1 % 1,029,757 0.05 % 4,458,003,514 129
1975 2,094,188 2.54 % 49,359 2,528 19.1 4.06 41 41.4 % 867,261 0.05 % 4,079,480,606 129
1970 1,847,394 3.01 % 50,911 1,565 17.8 5.26 36 38.9 % 717,853 0.05 % 3,700,437,046 130
1965 1,592,841 3.66 % 52,412 1,581 17.2 6.50 31 35.7 % 568,941 0.05 % 3,339,583,597 134
1960 1,330,782 3.69 % 44,139 1,427 17.4 6.65 26 34.3 % 456,615 0.04 % 3,034,949,748 133
1955 1,110,087 3.26 % 32,878 982 18.1 6.12 22 34.2 % 379,324 0.04 % 2,773,019,936 134
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Costa Rica Population Forecast

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCosta Rica
Global Rank
2020 5,094,118 1.00 % 49,263 4,200 33.5 1.76 100 80.0 % 4,074,214 0.07 % 7,794,798,739 122
2025 5,302,111 0.80 % 41,599 3,800 35.8 1.76 104 82.8 % 4,390,911 0.06 % 8,184,437,460 123
2030 5,468,038 0.62 % 33,185 3,200 38.1 1.76 107 85.0 % 4,647,468 0.06 % 8,548,487,400 124
2035 5,598,031 0.47 % 25,999 2,600 40.4 1.76 110 86.6 % 4,846,325 0.06 % 8,887,524,213 124
2040 5,691,983 0.33 % 18,790 2,000 42.4 1.76 111 87.8 % 4,996,908 0.06 % 9,198,847,240 123
2045 5,749,468 0.20 % 11,497 1,400 44.3 1.76 113 89.0 % 5,116,679 0.06 % 9,481,803,274 122
2050 5,772,699 0.08 % 4,646   45.8 1.76 113 90.2 % 5,204,720 0.06 % 9,735,033,990 124
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Costa Rica Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Costa Rica
Life Expectancy
80.94 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
6.3
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
7.9
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
2,545,076 49.96% 2,549,038 50.04% 5,094,118 1.00

Population Pyramid for Costa Rica (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 542,852 51.16% 518,152 48.84% 1,061,004 20.83%
15-24 389,815 51.05% 373,847 48.95% 763,662 14.99%
25-54 1,105,608 50.13% 1,099,776 49.87% 2,205,384 43.29%
55-64 264,603 48.84% 277,157 51.16% 541,760 10.64%
65+ 242,198 46.37% 280,106 53.63% 522,304 10.25%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 1,061,004 20.83% 30.2
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 3,510,806 68.92% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 522,304 10.25% 14.9
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
1,583,308 31.08% 45.1

Main Cities by Population in Costa Rica

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 San Jose 335,007
2 Limon 63,081
3 San Francisco 55,923
4 Alajuela 47,494
5 Liberia 45,380
6 Paraiso 39,702
7 Puntarenas 35,650
8 San Isidro 34,877
9 Curridabat 34,586
10 San Vicente 34,447
10 San Vicente de Moravia 34,447
11 San Jose 31,430
12 Purral 30,034
13 Turrialba 28,955
14 San Miguel 28,827
15 San Pedro 27,477
16 San Rafael Abajo 27,419
17 Quesada 27,310
18 Ipis 26,669
19 Cartago 26,594
20 Chacarita 26,354
21 San Juan 26,047
22 Mercedes 26,007
23 Guadalupe 26,005
24 Aserri 25,874
25 San Rafael 25,410
26 San Felipe 24,985
27 Patarra 23,983
28 Tejar 22,433
29 Heredia 21,947
30 San Pablo 21,662
31 Calle Blancos 20,710
32 Canas 20,306
33 Guapiles 19,092
34 Siquirres 18,231
35 San Diego 16,991
36 Colima 15,875
37 Esparza 15,575
38 San Juan de Dios 15,469
39 Nicoya 15,313
40 San Rafael Arriba 15,051

See also

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Notes

The Costa Rica Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Costa Rica delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Costa Rica (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Costa Rica in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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