Heredia is the first canton in the province of Heredia in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 282.60 square kilometres (109.11 sq mi), and has a population of 110,887 (estimate as of 2003). Its capital is the provincial capital city of Heredia, also known as Heredia Centro.
The canton includes the areas south and west of the capital city of Heredia as far as the Río Virilla and the General Cañas Freeway (Autopista General Cañas). The non-contiguous district of Varablanca, that includes a large portion of Braulio Carrillo National Park high in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range), is also administered as part of Heredia Canton.
Heredia was first mentioned as a canton in a decree dated December 7, 1848.
- "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009.
- Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
- Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.
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