Did you know that the total population of Costa Rica is 4,195,914 people? More people have been moving to urban (the city) settings than rural (the country). If you read more about Costa Rica, you could decide where you would live! The type of houses depend on their wealth and where the houses are located. In the city, the working class people live in houses made of concrete blocks or bricks. Most are one story. They are usually painted bright green, white, blue or pink. Wealthier people live in two story houses with porches and front yards and sometimes there are swimming pools.

The population of Costa Rica is mainly composed of white/mestizo (that is, mixed European and indigenous background) at 94 percent. The rest of the population is comprised of 3 percent Black, 1 percent Native American, 1 percent Chinese, and 1 percent Other. The religions there are 76 percent Roman Catholic, 14 percent Evangelical protestant, 1 percent Jehovah's Witness, and 9 percent Other and None.

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. It is spoken by nearly everyone. Here are some words in Spanish: adios means goodbye, por favor means please, and si means yes.

The typical food in everyday meals usually contains rice, beans, meat, vegetables, and plantains. Plantains are fried or cooked bananas. They are sometimes sweet. The cornbread is not like regular cornbread. The cornbread is luscious and pudding-like. Did you know that ice cream is becoming more and more popular?

Costa Rica’s government is similar to ours. They have three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branch. Every four years they elect a new president. In 2010 Laura Chinchilla Marada became the first woman president. The current president is Luis Solis.

Costa Rica’s currency is called Costa Rican Colon. Their economic structure is the same as the United States, capitalism. Capitalism means the government does not have the power to decide what can and can’t be sold.

This is a photo of the Costa Rica flag.