Costa Rica

Costa Rica Geography Stats


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative slightly smaller than West Virginia 2013
Area > Comparative to US places slightly smaller than West Virginia 2008
Area > Land 50,660 sq km 2008 126th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 12.07 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 118th out of 224
Area > Total 51,100 sq km 2013 131st out of 251
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 2,926 2008 4th out of 169
Climate tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands 2013
Coastline 1,290 km 2014 75th out of 242
Geographic coordinates 10 00 N, 84 00 W 2013
Land area > Sq. km 51,060 sq km 2008 122nd out of 199
Land area > Square miles 19,730 square miles 2013 59th out of 86
Location Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama 2013
Natural resources hydropower 2013
Surface area > Sq. km 51,100 km² 2005 126th out of 204
Terrain coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; World Development Indicators database


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Costa Rica Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 13 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Maritime claims 4
Land area 3 Surface area 3
  • Costa Rica ranked second for average rainfall in depth > mm per year amongst Christian countries in 2008.
  • Costa Rica ranked first for average precipitation in depth > mm per year amongst Catholic countries in 2011.
  • Costa Rica ranked 4th last for area > total amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2013.
  • Costa Rica ranked 49 places from the bottom for land use > arable land amongst Hot countries in 2013.