Belén (canton)

Belén is a canton in the Heredia province of Costa Rica.[2][3] The head city is in San Antonio district.

Belén
San Antonio Church, Belén
San Antonio Church, Belén
Flag of Belén
Flag
Official seal of Belén
Seal
Belén canton
Belén canton location in Costa Rica
Belén canton location in Costa Rica
Belén
Belén canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°59′08″N 84°10′37″W / 9.9854406°N 84.1768586°W / 9.9854406; -84.1768586Coordinates: 9°59′08″N 84°10′37″W / 9.9854406°N 84.1768586°W / 9.9854406; -84.1768586
Country Costa Rica
ProvinceHeredia
Creation8 June 1907[1]
Head citySan Antonio
Districts
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Belén
Area
 • Total12.15 km2 (4.69 sq mi)
Elevation
937 m (3,074 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total21,633
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code407
Websitebelen.go.cr

HistoryEdit

Belén was created on 8 June 1907 by decree 15.[1]

GeographyEdit

Belén has an area of 12.15 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 937 metres.[2]

The area is well known locally for its inland chalk cliffs.

DistrictsEdit

The canton of Belén is subdivided into the following districts:

  1. San Antonio
  2. Rivera
  3. La Asunción

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
19272,782
19503,22616.0%
19634,78148.2%
19738,53878.6%
198411,99340.5%
200019,83465.4%
201121,6339.1%

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

For the 2011 census, Belén had a population of 21,633 inhabitants. [7]

TransportationEdit

The compact canton is on the western side of the General Cañas Highway midway between the national capital city of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Road transportationEdit

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

Rail transportationEdit

The Interurbano Line operated by Incofer goes through this canton.

EducationEdit

The American International School of Costa Rica is located in Cariari, La Asunción District, Belén.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Contact -> Map." American International School of Costa Rica. Retrieved on March 15, 2015. "Bosques de Dona Rosa, Ciudad Cariari La Asuncion de Belen - Heredia"