Costa Rica Census Data

Costa Rica census offerings from East View address a wide range of topics at the highest level of detail possible and offer a premier source of demographic data for academic research.

GIS census data is available as an easy-to-use geodatabase, complete with a comprehensive East View-produced Census Guide, full metadata, and original census documentation. In addition to GIS data, East View also offers related publications such as official results, questionnaires, enumerator testimonies and other ephemera – please inquire for details and availability.

East View offers the following census data for Costa Rica (see below for details):

  • 2000 Census (GIS Edition)
  • 2000 Census (PUBS Edition, view catalog)
  • 2011 Census (GIS Edition)
  • 2011 Census (PUBS Edition, view catalog)

Note: Costa Rica is part of the Latin America Census Collection. Learn more.

Costa Rica 2000 Census

The Costa Rica 2000 Census (GIS Edition) has 100% population coverage and over 530,000 data points. The product consists of:

  • Geodatabase: Intuitive organization of census data; administrative boundary vector data at ADM 3 (Distritos level) for 472 census units
  • Shapefiles: All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide: Detailed descriptions for 1,123 census variables
  • Original Census Documentation and Database: Delivered in native format; census questionnaires
  • Metadata: Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Costa Rica 2011 Census

The Costa Rica 2011 Census (GIS Edition) has 100% population coverage and nearly 340,000 data points. The product consists of:

  • Geodatabase: Intuitive organization of census data; administrative boundary vector data at ADM 3 (Distritos level) for 472 census units
  • Shapefiles: All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide: Detailed descriptions for 719 census variables
  • Original Census Documentation and Database: Delivered in native format; census questionnaires
  • Metadata: Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Census Questions

Below is a representative sample of census questions included in the Costa Rica censuses.

Demographic: Relationship /Age / Fertility

Migration: Duration of residence / Relationship of duration of residence to year of arrival

Social: Literacy / School attendance / Educational attainment / Language / Ethnicity and indigenous peoples / Disability

Economic: Activity status / Occupation / Industry / Status in employment

Housing: Living quarters / Location of living quarters / Occupancy status / Ownership / Rooms / Bedrooms / Useful floor space / Water supply system / Drinking water / Toilet / Sewage disposal / Bathing facilities / Kitchen / Fuel used for cooking / Lighting and/or electricity / Solid waste disposal / Heating / Hot water / Piped gas / Use of housing unit / Occupancy by one or more households / Number of occupants / Building type / Construction material of outer walls / Construction material of floor, roof / Characteristics of head or other reference member of household / Information and communications technology devices / Cars / Durable household appliances

Transportation: Vehicles owned

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