Catedral District, the fourth "distrito" of San José Canton, Costa Rica, is one of the four administrative units that form San José downtown properly. The district receives its name because of the Cathedral and the catholic Archdiocese of San José, the only archdiocese in the country which lies between its boundaries, along with several other government buildings. The population density is the highest of the four downtown districts.
Geography and Demography
Catedral District is on the center-east of the canton, and has a small portion of boundary with Montes de Oca Canton at its eastern part. The division also borders (clockwards) Zapote district to the east, San Sebastián district to the south, Hospital and Merced districts to the west, and El Carmen district to the north. The district had 2.31 km² and 17,290 inhabitants on December 31, 2008 (7,484.85 inhabitants per km².)
This district comprises several "barrios" or neighbourhoods, like Bellavista, California (part of it), Carlos María Jiménez, Dolorosa (part of it), González Lahman, Güell, La Cruz, Lomas de Ocloro, Luján, Miflor, Naciones Unidas, Pacífico (part of it), San Cayetano (part of it), Soledad, Tabacalera, Vasconia. Some of the buildings between its limits are:
- National Theater of Costa Rica. The country's most important theater and cultural reference.
- Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. Government office in charge of medical and social security.
- Cathedral of San José. Main church of the city and home of the archbishop.
- Tribunals of Justice. In charge of the judiciary power on the country.
- Mapa Cantonal del Censo de 1984, published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census(INEC) and updated by the Central American Population Center (CCP)
- Población Total Cerrada por Sexo, según Provincia, Cantón y Distrito, published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census(INEC)
- Municipalidad de San José. Distrito Catedral – Website of San Jose Mayor, includes a map of the district and related info.