Grecia (canton)

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Grecia
La Merced Church, in Grecia.
La Merced Church, in Grecia.
Flag of Grecia
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Official seal of Grecia
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Grecia canton
Grecia canton location in Costa Rica
Grecia canton location in Costa Rica
Grecia
Grecia canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 10°05′34″N 84°17′46″W / 10.0927177°N 84.2961924°W / 10.0927177; -84.2961924Coordinates: 10°05′34″N 84°17′46″W / 10.0927177°N 84.2961924°W / 10.0927177; -84.2961924
Country Costa Rica
ProvinceAlajuela
Creation27 July 1867[1]
Head cityGrecia
Districts
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Grecia
Area
 • Total141.52 km2 (54.64 sq mi)
Elevation
1,025 m (3,363 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total76,898
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code203
Websitewww.grecia.go.cr

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

Toponymy[edit]

It is named for the country of Greece.

History[edit]

Grecia was created on 27 July 1867 by decree 20.[3]

Geography[edit]

Grecia has an area of 141.52 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 1,025 metres.[2]

The canton lies among ridges and valleys on the southwestern slope of Poas Volcano. One area was completely separated from the remainder of the canton by the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range). Known as Río Cuarto, this area lies on the Caribbean Plain, it was a district of Grecia, but became a canton in 2018.

The Poás River and the Prendes River establish a large portion of the eastern border of the elongated canton, with the Sarchí River serving the same purpose on its western edge. The Grande River is the southern border.

Districts[edit]

The canton of Grecia is subdivided into the following districts:

  1. Grecia
  2. San Isidro
  3. San José
  4. San Roque
  5. Tacares

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18645,738
18837,17825.1%
18928,79722.6%
192716,13083.4%
195023,57146.1%
196343,92386.3%
197331,806−27.6%
198438,36120.6%
200065,11969.8%
201176,89818.1%

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

For the 2011 census, Grecia had a population of 76,898 inhabitants. [7]

Transportation[edit]

Road transportation[edit]

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.