Country: Costa Rica

Number of People Groups

21

People Groups Unreached

1

Total Population

4,839,000

Unreached Population

2,500

% Christian Adherent

95.6%

% Evangelical

14.9 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 English Christianity 87.0 % 35.0 %
 Amerindian, Detribalized 45,000 Spanish Christianity 92.0 % 10.0 %
 Arab 3,400 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Christianity 84.0 % 0.5 %
 Basque 9,600 Basque Christianity 94.0 % 0.1 %
 Bribri 15,000 Bribri Christianity 93.0 % 25.0 %
 British 5,300 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.0 %
 Brunka, Boruca 1,600 Boruca Christianity 85.0 % 14.0 %
 Chinese, general 37,000 Chinese, Mandarin Christianity 30.0 % 1.3 %
 Chirripo, Cabecar 12,000 Cabecar Christianity 95.0 % 14.0 %
 Costa Rican 3,811,000 Spanish Christianity 96.3 % 15.8 %
 Costa Rican, Mestizo 469,000 Spanish Christianity 97.0 % 15.0 %
Deaf Unknown Costa Rican Sign Language Christianity 93.9 % 1.0 %
European, general 11,000 Language Unknown Christianity 78.0 % 3.0 %
 French 1,000 French Christianity 76.0 % 0.5 %
Guatuso, Maleku Jaika 1,300 Maleku Jaika Christianity 80.0 % 4.0 %
 Jamaicans 65,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 94.4 % 15.0 %
Jew 2,500 Spanish E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.2 %
Latin American, other 330,000 Spanish Christianity 96.9 % 9.0 %
Mennonites 600 Plautdietsch Christianity 100.0 % 10.0 %
 Ngabe, Guaymi 5,500 Ngabere Christianity 92.0 % 6.0 %
Teribe 500 Teribe Christianity 84.0 % 2.0 %
  Totals:  21 4,839,000 1     95.6 % 14.9 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.9 %)
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
10.4 %
Roman Catholic
77.4 %
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 Group who lives 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 population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Costa Rica. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

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

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Costa Rica or Central and South America. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

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