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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica – People Groups
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People Groups
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Population Indig % Evangel % Adherent Least Reached Progress Scale Primary Religion Primary Language Pho Map Txt
Americans, U.S.12,00035.00 %87.00 %5 ChristianityEnglishP
Americans, U.S.
 T
Amerindian, Detribalized45,000Y10.00 %92.00 %4 ChristianitySpanishP
Amerindian, Detribalized
  
Arab3,4000.50 %84.00 %3 ChristianityArabic, North Levantine SpokenP
Arab
 T
Basque9,6000.07 %94.00 %3 ChristianityBasqueP
Basque
 T
Bribri14,000Y25.00 %93.00 %5 ChristianityBribriP
Bribri
  
British5,4008.00 %60.00 %4 ChristianityEnglishP
British
  
Brunka, Boruca2,600Y14.00 %85.00 %5 ChristianitySpanishP
Brunka, Boruca
  
Chinese, general37,0001.30 %30.00 %2 ChristianityChinese, MandarinP
Chinese, general
  
Chirripo14,000Y14.00 %95.00 %5 ChristianityCabecarP
Chirripo
M
Chirripo of Costa Rica
T
Costa Rican3,839,000Y15.80 %96.33 %5 ChristianitySpanishP
Costa Rican
  
Costa Rican, Mestizo470,000Y15.00 %97.00 %5 ChristianitySpanishP
Costa Rican, Mestizo
  
DeafY1.00 %93.94 %3 ChristianityCosta Rican Sign Language   
European, general11,0003.00 %78.00 %4 ChristianityLanguage unknown   
French1,0000.50 %76.00 %3 ChristianityFrenchP
French
 T
Guatuso, Maleku Jaika1,300Y4.00 %80.00 %4 ChristianityMaleku Jaika   
Jamaicans65,00015.00 %94.40 %5 ChristianityJamaican Creole EnglishP
Jamaicans
M
Jamaicans of Costa Rica
 
Jew, Spanish Speaking2,500Y0.20 %1.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsSpanish  T
Latin American, other331,0009.00 %96.90 %4 ChristianitySpanish   
Mennonites2,30010.00 %100.00 %4 ChristianityPlautdietsch   
Ngabe, Guaymi3,900Y6.00 %92.00 %4 ChristianityNgabereP
Ngabe, Guaymi
M
Ngabe, Guaymi of Costa Rica
 
Teribe1,300Y2.00 %84.00 %3 ChristianityTeribe   
Total People Groups:   21 4,871,000 11     1     14 3 6
Unclassified / Other Individuals 35,000  
UN Country Population (2017) 4,906,000  
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Costa Rica – People Progress

% of People Groups [1]
 
% of Population in People Group [1] [2]
 
Progress Level Peoples % of Peoples Population % of Population [2]
  1 - Unreached 1 4.8 % 2,500 0.1 %
  2 - Minimally reached 1 4.8 % 37,000 0.8 %
  3 - Superficially reached 5 23.8 % 15,000 0.3 %
  4 - Partially reached 7 33.3 % 400,000 8.2 %
  5 - Significantly reached 7 33.3 % 4,417,000 90.7 %
Totals 21   4,871,000  


NOTES:
  1. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  2. % of Population in People Group:  The percentage of the population that lives in a people group at each progress level. Not every person living in an unreached people group is necessarily unreached.
Costa Rica – People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
 

Americans, U.S.
12,000


Amerindian, Detribalized
45,000


Arab
3,400


Basque
9,600


Bribri
14,000


British
5,400


Brunka, Boruca
2,600


Chinese, general
37,000


Chirripo
14,000


Costa Rican
3,839,000


Costa Rican, Mestizo
470,000


French
1,000


Jamaicans
65,000


Ngabe, Guaymi
3,900

Costa Rica People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
Costa Rica – Languages
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Language
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Language
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Primary
Language
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Locator
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Online
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Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
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Tract
Online
Arabic, North Levantine Spokenapc10Portions
Basqueeus10Complete
Bribribzd10NT
Cabecarcjp10NT
Chinese, Mandarincmn10Complete
Costa Rican Sign Languagecsr10None
Englisheng20Complete
Frenchfra10Complete
Jamaican Creole Englishjam10NT
Language unknownxxx10None
Maleku Jaikagut10Need?
Ngaberegym10NT
Plautdietschpdt10Complete
Spanishspa61Complete
Teribetfr10Complete
Totals: 15 21 1   12 11 10 12 5
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Costa Rica – Religions
Major Religions [1] [3]
Evangelicals: 15.0 %
(subset of Christianity)
 
Christianity Segments [2] [3]
(Evangelicals distributed across
Christianity Segments)
 
% Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends [4]

NOTES:
  1. Major Religions: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Major Religion percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Religion for all Peoples within the country.
  2. Christianity Segments: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Christianity Segments percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Christianity Segment for all peoples within the country.
  3. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  4. % Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends:  Source Operation World Editions 1986, 1993, 2001, 2010.
    Zero percent data values may mean unknown or unavailable.
Costa Rica – Possible Ministry Involvement
  • Below are lists of ministries that may work in Costa Rica. Ministries in the Costa Rica section probably minister in this country. Ministries in the Central and South America section only possibly minister in this country. The purpose of this information is to assist potential new missionaries connect with sending agencies and for general ministry networking. Click on the links below to visit ministry websites for further information. Visit the Power-Of-Connecting "Find a Network Tool" to find further networking information.
  • The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Omissions are not intentional, but occur simply from lack of data. Please contact us to suggest other ministries to include here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
Ministries in Costa Rica   Ministries in Central and South America
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Country Level Ministries Size
American Baptist Churches of the USA, Int'l MinistriesMedium
Baptist International OutreachMedium
Bright Hope InternationalMedium
Calvary InternationalMedium
Christ for the CityMedium
Christian Reformed World MissionsMedium
Church of God, Anderson, IndianaMedium
Commission to Every NationMedium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMedium
Evangelistic Faith MissionsSmall
Experience MissionMedium
Food for the HungryMedium
Foursquare Missions InternationalMedium
Free Methodist World MissionsMedium
Global Outreach InternationalMedium
Globe InternationalMedium
Go Ye FellowshipMedium
Gospel Fellowship AssociationMedium
Grace Ministries InternationalMedium
Hope for the HungryMedium
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchMedium
Latin America Assistance, Inc.Small
Latin America MissionMedium
Living Water TeachingSmall
Missionary Ventures InternationalMedium
Missions DoorMedium
Navigators, International Missions GroupMedium
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church World WitnessSmall
Presbyterian Evangelistic FellowshipMedium
Ripe for Harvest IncorporatedMedium
Rosedale Mennonite MissionsMedium
TearFund UKLarge
The Mission SocietyMedium
Ministries Listed:  33
 
Regional Level Ministries Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism)Large
Action International MinistriesMedium
Anglican Frontier MissionsSmall
Assemblies of God World MissionsLarge
Awana Clubs, InternationalMedium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, InternationalMedium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI)Medium
Baptist Medical and Dental Mission InternationalMedium
Baptist Mid-MissionsMedium
BCM InternationalMedium
Bible LeagueMedium
Campus Crusade for Christ, InternationalLarge
Child Evangelism FellowshipMedium
Church of God of ProphecyMedium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission DepartmentMedium
Church World ServiceMedium
EFCA International MissionMedium
Every Home for ChristMedium
Final Frontiers FoundationLarge
Galcom InternationalSmall
Global ActionSmall
GO InternationalSmall
InterCommSmall
Intervarsity Christian FellowshipMedium
Iris Ministries, Inc.Medium
Mailbox Club InternationalSmall
Scripture UnionMedium
Seventh-day Adventists General ConferenceMedium
Silent Word MinistriesSmall
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission BoardLarge
United Methodist ChurchMedium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign MissionsMedium
United World MissionMedium
Worldwide Tentmakers, IncorporatedSmall
Youth with a MissionLarge
Ministries Listed:  35
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Costa Rica – Statistics, Prayer Cards, Maps and Links
 
Statistics
Population 4,871,000
Percent Urbanization 76 %
Total People Groups 21
Unreached People Groups 1
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Official National Language Spanish
Secondary National LanguageEnglish
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 95.6%  [1]
Percent Evangelical 15.0%  [2]
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index 0.763 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

Links
Operation World
Ethnologue Language Listing
State Department Religious Freedom Report
World Factbook

Notes
[1]  Calculated by summing the major religion data for the people groups in the country.
[2]  Calculated by summing the Evangelical data for the people groups in the country.
 
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