San Rafael (canton)

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San Rafael is the fifth canton in the province of Heredia in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 48.39 km²,[1] and has a population of 39,636.[2] The capital city of the canton is also called San Rafael.

The canton is northeast of the provincial capital city of Heredia, reaching from the suburbs high into the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range).

The canton of San Rafael is subdivided into 5 distritos (districts).

  1. San Rafael
  2. San Josecito
  3. Santiago
  4. Los Ángeles
  5. Concepción


The canton was established by a decree of May 28, 1885.


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.

Coordinates: 10°04′08″N 84°25′33″W / 10.068924°N 84.425812°W / 10.068924; -84.425812