Country: Costa Rica

Number of People Groups

21

People Groups Unreached

1 (4.8%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

5,057,000

Population in Unreached

2,600 (0.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

95.6%

% Evangelical

18.35%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.7%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 192,802,000 English Christianity 87.00 % 35.00 % -
 Amerindian, Detribalized 47,000 15,776,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 10.00 % -
 Arab 3,500 414,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Christianity 84.00 % 0.50 % -
 Basque 10,000 2,858,000 Basque Christianity 94.00 % 0.07 % -
 Bribri 14,000 15,000 Bribri Christianity 93.00 % 25.00 % -
 British 5,500 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Brunka, Boruca 2,700 2,700 Spanish Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
 Chinese, general 39,000 15,716,000 Chinese, Mandarin Christianity 30.00 % 1.30 % -
 Chirripo 14,000 14,000 Cabecar Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 % -
 Costa Rican 3,966,000 4,105,000 Spanish Christianity 96.33 % 20.23 % -
 Costa Rican, Mestizo 486,000 8,886,000 Spanish Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 % -
Deaf 25,000 47,601,000 Costa Rican Sign Language Christianity 93.94 % -
European, general 11,000 246,000 Language unknown Christianity 78.00 % 3.00 % -
 French 1,000 50,319,000 French Christianity 76.00 % 0.50 % -
Guatuso, Maleku Jaika 1,400 1,400 Maleku Jaika Christianity 80.00 % 4.00 % -
 Jamaicans 67,000 3,872,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 94.40 % 15.00 % -
 Jew, Spanish-speaking 2,600 299,000 Spanish Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
Latin American, general 342,000 1,183,000 Spanish Christianity 96.90 % 9.00 % -
Mennonites 2,300 482,000 Plautdietsch Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ngabe, Guaymi 4,100 307,000 Ngabere Christianity 92.00 % 6.00 % -
Teribe 1,300 1,300 Teribe Christianity 84.00 % 2.00 % -
  Totals:  21 5,057,000         1 95.64 % 18.35 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 37,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 5,094,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Alajuela 984,000
Cartago 570,000
Guanacaste 379,000
Heredia 504,000
Limón 449,000
Puntarenas 477,000
San José 1,629,000
Provinces:  7 4,992,000
UN Country Population 5,094,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 5,675.7 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 15,144.4 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 4,078.3 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 2,269.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
5,057,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Basque eus 1 0 Complete Bible
Bribri bzd 1 0 New Testament
Cabecar cjp 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Costa Rican Sign Language csr 1 0 Bible Portions
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Jamaican Creole English jam 1 0 New Testament
Maleku Jaika gut 1 0 Unspecified
Ngabere gym 1 0 New Testament
Plautdietsch pdt 1 0 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 6 1 Complete Bible
Teribe tfr 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 15 21 1   10 11 10 12 5

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.3 %)
95.6 %
Ethnic Religions
0.3 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.0 %
Non-Religious
2.6 %
Other / Small Religions
1.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
8.4 %
Protestant
10.3 %
Roman Catholic
77.0 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Costa Rica
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  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
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  • Christian discipleship
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Costa Rica Statistics
People Groups 21
Unreached People Groups 1  (4.8%)
Population 5,057,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.0%
Population in Unreached 2,600  (0.1%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 95.6%
Percent Evangelical 18.3%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.7%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 79%
Continent North America
Region America, Latin
10/40 Window No
Country Code CS
Official Language(s) SpanishEnglish
Literacy Rate 94%
Estimated Illiterate Population 303,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked