Cartago (canton)

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Location of Cartago Canton in Cartago Province
Location of Cartago Canton in Cartago Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela
Founded 7 December 1848
 • Total 287.77 km2 (111.11 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 154,822
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)

Cartago is the name of the first canton in the province of Cartago in Costa Rica.[1] The canton covers an area of 287.77 square kilometres (111.11 sq mi),[2] and has a population of 154,82 (estimate as of 2013).[3] The city of Cartago is the capital city of the canton, and although, the provincial capital of province of Cartago.


Cartago is a T-shaped canton stretching southeast from its capital city to encompass a thin swatch of the Cordillera de Talamanca (Talamanca Mountain Range), and including portions of the Interamericana (Pan-American Highway).


The canton of Cartago is subdivided into 11 districts (distritos)[1]

District Population
Oriental 12,425
Occidental 10,130
Carmen (El Carmen) 18,207
San Nicolás (also known as Taras) 27,349
Aguacaliente (also known as San Francisco) 33,338
Guadalupe (also known as Arenilla) 15,338
Corralillo 11,247
Tierra Blanca 5,365
Dulce Nombre 11,177
Llano Grande 4,600
Quebradilla 5,646


Cartago was first mentioned as a canton in a decree dated December 7, 1848.


  1. ^ a b "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  3. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC

Coordinates: 9°51′09″N 83°55′26″W / 9.85251°N 83.923874°W / 9.85251; -83.923874