Puntarenas (canton)

Puntarenas is a canton in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica.[2][3] The head city is Puntarenas.

Puntarenas
Flag of Puntarenas
Official seal of Puntarenas
Puntarenas canton
Puntarenas canton location in Costa Rica
Puntarenas canton location in Costa Rica
Puntarenas
Puntarenas canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 7°55′02″N 85°52′55″W / 7.9171091°N 85.8818073°W / 7.9171091; -85.8818073Coordinates: 7°55′02″N 85°52′55″W / 7.9171091°N 85.8818073°W / 7.9171091; -85.8818073
Country Costa Rica
ProvincePuntarenas
Creation7 December 1848[1]
Head cityPuntarenas
Districts
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Puntarenas
Area
 • Total1,842.33 km2 (711.33 sq mi)
Elevation
169 m (554 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total115,019
 • Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code601
Websitewww.puntarenas.go.cr

HistoryEdit

Puntarenas was created on 7 December 1848 by decree 167.[1]

GeographyEdit

Puntarenas has an area of 1,842.33 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 169 metres.[2]

The canton includes areas on both sides of the Gulf of Nicoya. The southern portion of the Nicoya Peninsula is also in the canton, including the popular tourist areas of Tambor, Montezuma and Malpais.

DistrictsEdit

The canton of Puntarenas is subdivided into the following districts:

Monte Verde was the ninth district of the canton, on 29 September 2021 it was segregated to become a canton on its own, the Monteverde canton, the twelfth of Puntarenas province and eighty third of the country.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18642,942
18834,01836.6%
18928,869120.7%
192714,74666.3%
195031,074110.7%
196355,59278.9%
197365,56217.9%
198474,13513.1%
2000102,50438.3%
2011115,01912.2%

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

For the 2011 census, Puntarenas had a population of 115,019 inhabitants.[7]

TransportationEdit

Road transportationEdit

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

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.