At a Glance


Costa Rica's 19,730 square miles (51,100 square kilometers) are home to 4.5 million people, including a workforce of 2.05 million. The country's estimated 2010 unemployment rate was just 6.7%.

The U.S. Department of State notes, after experiencing positive growth over the previous several years, the Costa Rican economy shrank slightly in 2009 due to the global economic crisis...The economy experienced a rebound in 2010, the U.S. State Department notes. Costa Rica enjoys the region's highest standard of living but also has a history of consumer price inflation, which has remained at a constant annual rate of approximately 10% for the past decade.

Financial Facts

  • Costa Rica's 2010 GDP (known in Spanish as PIB, or Producto Interno Bruto) was US$38.27 billion, or US$10,569 per capita.
  • This represents a year-over-year growth rate of 3.6%.