Country: Costa Rica

Number of People Groups

21

People Groups Unreached

1 (4.8%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

4,824,000

Population in Unreached

2,500 (0.1%)

Literacy Rate

97 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

95.6%

% Evangelical

14.98%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 188,908,000 English Christianity 87.00 % 35.00 %
 Amerindian, Detribalized 45,000 15,745,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 10.00 %
 Arab 3,400 829,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Christianity 84.00 % 0.50 %
 Basque 9,500 2,847,000 Basque Christianity 94.00 % 0.07 %
 Bribri 15,000 16,000 Bribri Christianity 93.00 % 25.00 %
 British 5,300 51,577,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Brunka, Boruca 2,500 2,500 Spanish Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
 Chinese, general 37,000 8,833,000 Chinese, Mandarin Christianity 30.00 % 1.30 %
 Chirripo, Cabecar 13,000 13,000 Cabecar Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Costa Rican 3,801,000 3,937,000 Spanish Christianity 96.33 % 15.80 %
 Costa Rican, Mestizo 466,000 8,569,000 Spanish Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Costa Rican Sign Language Christianity 93.94 % 1.00 %
European, general 11,000 239,000 Language unknown Christianity 78.00 % 3.00 %
 French 1,000 49,479,000 French Christianity 76.00 % 0.50 %
Guatuso, Maleku Jaika 1,300 1,300 Maleku Jaika Christianity 80.00 % 4.00 %
 Jamaicans 64,000 3,534,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 94.40 % 15.00 %
Jew, Spanish Speaking 2,500 306,000 Spanish Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.20 %
Latin American, other 328,000 841,000 Spanish Christianity 96.90 % 9.00 %
Mennonites 600 461,000 Plautdietsch Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 %
 Ngabe, Guaymi 5,400 287,000 Ngabere Christianity 92.00 % 6.00 %
Teribe 1,200 1,200 Teribe Christianity 84.00 % 2.00 %
  Totals:  21 4,824,000       1   95.64 % 14.98 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 33,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 4,857,000              
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Prayer Cards
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Portions
Basque eus 1 0 Complete
Bribri bzd 1 0 NT
Cabecar cjp 1 0 NT
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete
Costa Rican Sign Language csr 1 0
English eng 2 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
Jamaican Creole English jam 1 0 NT
Maleku Jaika gut 1 0
Ngabere gym 1 0 NT
Plautdietsch pdt 1 0 Complete
Spanish spa 6 1 Complete
Teribe tfr 1 0 Complete
Unknown xxx 1 0
Totals: 15 21 1   10 10 10 13 5

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.0 %)
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 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

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.

Costa Rica Statistics
People Groups 21
Unreached People Groups 1  (4.8%)
Population 4,824,000
Population in Unreached 2,500  (0.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1 to 2
Urbanization 76%
Continent North America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Country Code CS
Official National Language Spanish
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 97%
Estimated Illiterate Population 145,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 95.6%
Percent Evangelical 15.0%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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