Looking at the years 2015-2019, Sarapiquí is the canton of Costa Rica that has grown in inhabitants much more than any other canton. The inhabitants of this area in the north of the country rose 12%. The average inhabitant growth nationwide is 4.9%.
Sarapiquí is a municipality with 81,000 inhabitants, placing it in position 16 of 82 in terms of population. It is interesting that Sarapiquí grew more than the Central canton of San José, the most populated in the whole country.
Garabito is second in inhabitant growth and Los Chiles is third. The impact of tourism is to thank in Garabito. The canton with the lowest growth is Turrialba, which increased by only 200 people. Pérez Zeledón is the seventh most populated but grew by only 1,000 people.
This data comes from the National Institute of Statistics and Census and is used by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to calculate the number of aldermen needed for each area. Municipal elections will be next February.