Hojancha (canton)

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Coordinates: 10°03′32″N 85°25′10″W / 10.05889°N 85.41944°W / 10.05889; -85.41944 (Hojancha)

Hojancha
Cantón
Location of Hojancha Canton in Guanacaste Province
Location of Hojancha Canton in Guanacaste Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
Area
 • Total 261.42 km2 (100.93 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 7,623
 • Density 29/km2 (76/sq mi)

Hojancha is the 11th canton in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 261.42 km²,[1] and has a population of 7,623.[2]

The canton is in the midsection of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is relatively compact, with a single tentacle reaching south to encompass a small portion of the Pacific coastline from Playa Carrillo southward to the mouth of the Río Ora.

Districts[edit]

The canton of Hojancha is subdivided into four districts (distritos):[3]

District Postal code Alt. (m) Area (km2) Pop. (2008) Coordinates
Hojancha 51101 350 79.61 4,289 10°03′32″N 85°25′10″W / 10.05889°N 85.41944°W / 10.05889; -85.41944 (Hojancha)
Poblados: Ángeles, Arena, Ceiba, Cuesta Blanca, Libertad, Maravilla, Matambú, Palo de Jabón, Pilangosta, San Juan Bosco, San Rafael, Santa Elena (part), Varillal
Monte Romo 51102 685 74.85 843 09°59′58″N 85°22′57″W / 9.99944°N 85.38250°W / 9.99944; -85.38250 (Monte Romo)
Poblados: Altos del Socorro, Bajo Saltos, Cabrera, Cuesta Roja, Delicias, Guapinol, Loros, Mercedes, Palmares, Río Zapotal, San Isidro, Trinidad
Puerto Carrillo 51103 40 75.5 1,416 09°52′02″N 85°28′45″W / 9.86722°N 85.47917°W / 9.86722; -85.47917 (Puerto Carrillo)
Poblados: Angostura, Arbolito, Cuesta Malanoche, Estrada, Jobo, Lajas, Quebrada Bonita (part), San Miguel, Santa María
Huacas 51104 570 31.46 741 10°01′22″N 85°22′02″W / 10.02278°N 85.36722°W / 10.02278; -85.36722 (Huacas)
Poblados: Avellana, Pita Rayada, Río Blanco Oeste, Tres Quebradas

History[edit]

The canton was established by law on November 2, 1971.

On September 5, 2012, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck 12 kilometers northeast of Hojancha, destroying houses in the canton.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC
  3. ^ "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "M7.6 - 12km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica". United States Geological Survey. September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mata Blanco, Alonso (September 6, 2012). "Sismo Destruyó Viviendas en Varios Cantones de Guanacaste y Alajuela" [Earthquake Destroyed Homes in Several Cantons of Guanacaste and Alajuela]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved October 3, 2012.