Parrita (canton)

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Parrita
African palm plantations in Parrita
African palm plantations in Parrita
Official seal of Parrita
Seal
Parrita canton
Parrita canton location in Costa Rica
Parrita canton location in Costa Rica
Parrita
Parrita canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°32′50″N 84°20′47″W / 9.5471005°N 84.3464358°W / 9.5471005; -84.3464358Coordinates: 9°32′50″N 84°20′47″W / 9.5471005°N 84.3464358°W / 9.5471005; -84.3464358
Country Costa Rica
ProvincePuntarenas
Creation5 July 1971[1]
Head cityParrita
Districts
Districts
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Parrita
Area
 • Total478.79 km2 (184.86 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total16,115
 • Density34/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code609
Websitemuniparrita.go.cr

Parrita is a canton in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica.[2][3] The head city is in Parrita district.

Toponymy[edit]

The origin of the name, it is said, has to do with a woman named Rita who lived in one of the original settlements. Rita had a business and received packages. "Es pa' Rita" (It's for Rita) was often heard so the canton was called Parrita.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Parrita was created on 5 July 1971 by decree 4787.[1]

Almost all of Costa Rican territory was inhabited before the arrival of the Spanish. The Huetars lived in this area. In 1924, a young German installed the first banana plantation near the Pirrís River (also called the Parrita River) which encouraged migration of people from San José and Guanacaste.

Geography[edit]

Parrita has an area of 478.79 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 4 metres.[2]

The canton lies along the central Pacific coast between the mouths of the Tusubres River and Damas River. Inland the canton is delineated by a series of rivers that meander through the valleys of the coastal mountain range.

Districts[edit]

The canton of Parrita is subdivided into only one district, occupying the same area as the whole canton:

  1. Parrita

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
197311,901
19849,774−17.9%
200012,11223.9%
201116,11533.0%

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

For the 2011 census, Parrita had a population of 16,115 inhabitants. [7]

Transportation[edit]

Road transportation[edit]

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ 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.