Atenas (canton)

Atenas is a canton in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica.[2][3]

Atenas
Church in Atenas
Church in Atenas
Flag of Atenas
Official seal of Atenas
Atenas canton
Atenas canton location in Alajuela Province##Atenas canton location in Costa Rica
Atenas canton location in Alajuela Province##Atenas canton location in Costa Rica
Atenas
Atenas canton location in Alajuela Province
Atenas canton location in Alajuela Province##Atenas canton location in Costa Rica
Atenas canton location in Alajuela Province##Atenas canton location in Costa Rica
Atenas
Atenas canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°58′46″N 84°24′18″W / 9.9794864°N 84.4049451°W / 9.9794864; -84.4049451Coordinates: 9°58′46″N 84°24′18″W / 9.9794864°N 84.4049451°W / 9.9794864; -84.4049451
Country Costa Rica
ProvinceAlajuela
Creation7 August 1868[1]
Head cityAtenas
Districts
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Atenas
Area
 • Total127.19 km2 (49.11 sq mi)
Elevation
706 m (2,316 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total25,460
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code205
Websitewww.atenasmuni.go.cr

ToponymyEdit

It is named for the ancient city of Athens in Greece as rendered in Spanish.

HistoryEdit

Atenas was created on 7 August 1868 by decree 30.[3]

GeographyEdit

Atenas has an area of 127.19 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 706 metres.[2]

It is a fairly compact canton, mountainous for the most part. The Grande River forms the border on the canton's north and east sides. As the river moves south, it is joined by two other large rivers, the Poás River and the Virilla River, before turning west again and forming the canton's southern border under a new name, the Grande de Tárcoles River. The western border of the canton is established by a series of creeks and their canyons that cut through the Coastal Mountain Range.

DistrictsEdit

The canton of Atenas is subdivided into the following districts:

  1. Atenas
  2. Jesús
  3. Mercedes
  4. San Isidro
  5. Concepción
  6. San José
  7. Santa Eulalia
  8. Escobal

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18643,185
18835,55174.3%
18926,20811.8%
19277,63122.9%
19509,31322.0%
196311,01818.3%
197312,61014.4%
198415,01119.0%
200022,47949.8%
201125,46013.3%

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos[5]
Centro Centroamericano de Población[6]

For the 2011 census, Atenas had a population of 25,460 inhabitants.[7]

TransportationEdit

Road transportationEdit

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hernández, Hermógenes (1985). Costa Rica: evolución territorial y principales censos de población 1502 - 1984 (in Spanish) (1 ed.). San José: Editorial Universidad Estatal a Distancia. pp. 164–173. ISBN 9977-64-243-5. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Declara oficial para efectos administrativos, la aprobación de la División Territorial Administrativa de la República N°41548-MGP". Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica (PDF) (in Spanish). Editorial Digital de la Imprenta Nacional. 8 March 2017. ISBN 978-9977-58-477-5.
  4. ^ "Área en kilómetros cuadrados, según provincia, cantón y distrito administrativo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos" (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Sistema de Consulta de a Bases de Datos Estadísticas". Centro Centroamericano de Población (in Spanish).
  7. ^ "Censo. 2011. Población total por zona y sexo, según provincia, cantón y distrito". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.