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Heredia Province

province of Costa Rica

Heredia is a province of Costa Rica. It is in the north-central part of the country. The provincial capital is the city of Heredia, in the Central Valley near the city of San José, Costa Rica, the national capital.

Province of Heredia

Provincia de Heredia
Central square of Heredia
Town square of Heredia
Flag of Province of Heredia
Flag
Coat of arms of Province of Heredia
Coat of arms
Location of the Province of Heredia
Location of the Province of Heredia
Coordinates: 10°25′N 84°0′W / 10.417°N 84.000°W / 10.417; -84.000Coordinates: 10°25′N 84°0′W / 10.417°N 84.000°W / 10.417; -84.000
CountryCosta Rica
Capital cityHeredia
Area
 • Total2,656.98 km2 (1,025.87 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total433,677
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Herediano
ISO 3166 codeCR-H

LocationEdit

The Heredia province is a landlocked province (it does not border the ocean) and is bordered on the east by the Limón province, on the south by the San José province, on the west by the Alajuela province and to the north by Nicaragua[1]

GeographyEdit

Heredia is the smallest province of Costa Rica. It has an area of 2,656.98 km2 (1,025.87 sq mi).[1]

The northern part of the province is formed by plains but the southern part is in the Central Valley and the foothills of the Cordillera Central ("Central mountain range"), also known as Volcanic Central mountain range.

The highest mountain in the province is the Barva volcano, 2,906 m (9,534 ft) high..[1]

The longest river in the province is the Sarapiquí river, 85 km (53 mi) long. Other rivers in the province are: Virilla, Chirripó, Río Sucio, Sardinal, Peje y San Juan.[3]

DemographicsEdit

A person from the province is known as herediano (woman: herediana).[3]

The Heredia province had a population, in 2011, of 433,677 for a population density of 163.2 inhabitants/km2. The canton of Heredia, with 123,616 inhabitants, is the canton with more inhabitants.[2]

Evolution of the population in Heredia[2]

 

Administrative divisionsEdit

The Heredia province is divided in 10 cantons, which are divided into 43 Districts.[4]

 
Cantons of Heredia
No. Canton Capital Districts Population
(2011)
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
1 Heredia Heredia 5 123,616 282.60 437.4
2 Barva Barva 6 40,660 53.80 755.8
3 Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 8 40,072 24.84 1,613.2
4 Santa Bárbara Santa Bárbara 6 36,243 53.21 681.1
5 San Rafael San Rafael 5 45,965 48.39 949.9
6 San Isidro San Isidro 4 20,633 26.96 765.3
7 Belén San Antonio 3 21,633 12.15 1,780.5
8 Flores San Joaquín 3 20,037 6.96 2,878.9
9 San Pablo San Pablo 2 27,671 7.53 3,674.8
10 Sarapiquí Puerto Viejo 5 57,147 2,140.54 26.7

EconomyEdit

An important economic activity in the province is farming. Important crops in the province are coffee, strawberry, pineapple, plantain, among others.[3]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Anuario Estadístico 2012 - 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). June 2015. p. 47. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Anuario Estadístico 2012 - 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). June 2015. p. 103. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Provincia: Heredia" (in Spanish). Guías Costa Rica. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  4. "Anuario Estadístico 2012 - 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). San José, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). June 2015. p. 48. Retrieved 3 February 2017.