Costa Rica

Country Profile: Human Development Indicators

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National Human Development Reports for Costa Rica

 

Human Development Index
Rank 69
Year Costa Rica High human development Latin America and the Caribbean World
2011 0.744  0.741  0.731  0.682  
2010 0.742  0.739  0.728  0.679  
2009 0.738  0.734  0.722  0.676  
2008 0.737  0.733  0.720  0.674  
2007 0.735  0.728  0.715  0.670  
2006 0.729  0.721  0.708  0.664  
2005 0.723  0.716  0.703  0.660  
2000 0.703  0.687  0.680  0.634  
1995 0.684  0.662  0.650  0.613  
1990 0.656  0.648  0.624  0.594  
1985 0.626  0.630  0.604  0.576  
1980 0.614  0.614  0.582  0.558  

Human Development Index

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Income
GNI per capita in PPP terms (constant 2005 international $) 10,497
Demography
Population, total both sexes (thousands) 4,726.6
Footnotes
1. Data refer to 2011 or the most recent year available.
2. Data refer to 2011 or the most recent year available.
3. UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimate.
4. Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.
5. The Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) is the main source of forest area data in FAOSTAT. Data were provided by countries for years 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010. The data collected from official national sources through the questionnaire are supplemented with information from official secondary data sources. The secondary sources cover: official country data from websites of national ministries, national publications and related country data reported by various international organizations. Data for intermediate years were estimated for FAO using linear interpolation and tabulation.
6. The Change is over the period 1990-2008.
7. Because data are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross country comparison should be made with caution.
 
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Human Development Index: Trends 1980 - present

 

The Human Development Index - going beyond income

Each year since 1990 the Human Development Report has published the Human Development Index (HDI) which was introduced as an alternative to conventional measures of national development, such as level of income and the rate of economic growth. The HDI represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income. Costa Rica's HDI is 0.744, which gives the country a rank of 69 out of 187 countries with comparable data. The HDI of Latin America and the Caribbean as a region increased from 0.582 in 1980 to 0.731 today, placing Costa Rica above the regional average. The HDI trends tell an important story both at the national and regional level and highlight the very large gaps in well-being and life chances that continue to divide our interconnected world. Learn more

Human Development Index: Health, Education and Income



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