San Jose, Costa Rica Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the San Jose, Costa Rica metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of San Jose in 2020 is 1,400,000, a 1.52% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of San Jose in 2019 was 1,379,000, a 1.55% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of San Jose in 2018 was 1,358,000, a 1.57% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of San Jose in 2017 was 1,337,000, a 1.52% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Costa Rica
City Name Population
San Jose 1,400,000
Alajuela 366,000
Heredia 341,000
San Jose - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,400,000 1.52%
2019 1,379,000 1.55%
2018 1,358,000 1.57%
2017 1,337,000 1.52%
2016 1,317,000 1.54%
2015 1,297,000 1.57%
2014 1,277,000 1.51%
2013 1,258,000 1.53%
2012 1,239,000 1.56%
2011 1,220,000 1.50%
2010 1,202,000 1.52%
2009 1,184,000 1.54%
2008 1,166,000 1.57%
2007 1,148,000 1.50%
2006 1,131,000 1.53%
2005 1,114,000 1.55%
2004 1,097,000 1.57%
2003 1,080,000 1.50%
2002 1,064,000 1.53%
2001 1,048,000 1.55%
2000 1,032,000 3.30%
1999 999,000 3.42%
1998 966,000 3.43%
1997 934,000 3.32%
1996 904,000 3.43%
1995 874,000 3.31%
1994 846,000 3.42%
1993 818,000 3.28%
1992 792,000 3.39%
1991 766,000 3.37%
1990 741,000 3.49%
1989 716,000 3.32%
1988 693,000 3.43%
1987 670,000 3.24%
1986 649,000 3.51%
1985 627,000 3.29%
1984 607,000 3.58%
1983 586,000 3.72%
1982 565,000 3.67%
1981 545,000 3.61%
1980 526,000 3.75%
1979 507,000 3.47%
1978 490,000 3.81%
1977 472,000 3.51%
1976 456,000 3.64%
1975 440,000 3.77%
1974 424,000 3.67%
1973 409,000 4.34%
1972 392,000 4.53%
1971 375,000 4.46%
1970 359,000 4.66%
1969 343,000 4.57%
1968 328,000 4.46%
1967 314,000 4.67%
1966 300,000 4.53%
1965 287,000 4.74%
1964 274,000 4.58%
1963 262,000 4.38%
1962 251,000 4.58%
1961 240,000 4.35%
1960 230,000 4.55%
1959 220,000 4.76%
1958 210,000 4.48%
1957 201,000 4.15%
1956 193,000 4.89%
1955 184,000 4.55%
1954 176,000 4.14%
1953 169,000 4.97%
1952 161,000 4.55%
1951 154,000 4.05%
1950 148,000 0.00%