Poás (canton)

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Poas crater.jpg
Flag of Poás
Official seal of Poás
Location of Poás Canton in Alajuela Province
Location of Poás Canton in Alajuela Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela
Founded 15 October 1901
 • Total 73.84 km2 (28.51 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 30,650
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)

Poás is the eighth canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica.[1] The canton covers an area of 73.84 square kilometres (28.51 sq mi),[2] and has a population of 30,650 (estimate as of 2013).[3]

The capital city of the canton is San Pedro.


The elongated canton sits among the ridges and valleys on the southern slope of Poás Volcano. The Río Poás and Río Poasito form its eastern border, while the Río Prendes and Río Tacares limit the canton to the west. Poás Volcano is the canton's northernmost point.


The canton of Poás is subdivided into five districts (distritos):[1]

  1. San Pedro
  2. San Juan
  3. San Rafael
  4. Carrillos
  5. Sabana Redonda


The canton was established by a decree of October 15, 1901. It was named for Poás Volcano.


  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

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Coordinates: 10°05′N 84°15′W / 10.083°N 84.250°W / 10.083; -84.250