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How many foreigners live in Costa Rica ?

by rpetersen

How many foreigners live in Costa Rica ?   The country has been a top tourism and retirement destination for many years.   So how many people from other countries have made Costa Rica their home with legal residency status.

How Many Foreigners Have Residency ?

According to the Department of Immigration of Costa Rica there are 488,935 (*) foreigners with residency status in Costa Rica.  This is further broken down into Special Categories 58,363,  Temporary Residency 50,671 and Permanent Residency 379,901.

Where do they Come From ?

The report further breaks it down by continent:

Africa:  710

Americas: 452,518

Asia: 15,852

Europe: 19,683

Oceana: 247

There are 24,201 United States citizens with residency in Costa Rica and 3,639 from Canada.   The vast majority of foreign residents in Costa Rica come from the neighboring country of Nicaragua with 329,066 citizens.

Costa Rica is also a popular safe haven for citizens of Latin America.  The country is now home to 7,792 Venezuelans, 26,739 Colombians and 2,828 Argentinians.

Costa Rica has always been a favorite destination for Europeans and we have 3,430 Germans, 3,963 from Spain, 3,147 Italians, 1,939 from France, Netherlands 1,279 and 1,167 from the U.K. and 1,272 from Switzerland.

The full list of each country is broken down for you below:

(*) The latest report from immigration is as of December 31, 2016

COUNTRY CATEGORY RESIDENCY TOTAL
SPECIAL * TEMPORARY PERMANENT
TOTAL GENERAL 58,363 50,671 379,901 488,935
AFRICA 475 74 161 710
AFRICA DEL SUR 0 3 4 7
ANGOLA 3 0 2 5
ARGELIA 3 2 10 15
BENIN 1 1 1 3
BHUTAN 4 0 0 4
BOTSWANA 4 0 0 4
BURUNDI 4 0 0 4
CABO VERDE 0 0 4 4
CAMERUN 35 1 2 38
COMORAS 4 0 6 10
COSTA DE MARFIL 2 1 1 4
EGIPTO 11 13 19 43
ERITREA 3 1 1 5
ETIOPIA 28 0 1 29
GABON 1 0 1 2
GHANA 14 1 2 17
GUINEA BISSAU 0 0 1 1
GUINEA ECUATORIAL 1 0 0 1
KENIA 43 4 14 61
LESOTHO 2 0 0 2
LIBERIA 16 0 4 20
LIBIA 0 0 12 12
MADAGASCAR 1 0 0 1
MALAWI 12 0 0 12
MALI 0 0 1 1
MARRUECOS 3 7 17 27
MAURICIO 1 1 0 2
MOZAMBIQUE 15 0 3 18
NAMIBIA 3 1 3 7
NIGER 1 0 1 2
NIGERIA 62 6 20 88
REPUBLICA DE GUINEA 0 2 0 2
REPUBLICA DEL CONGO 5 0 1 6
REPUBLICA DEM. DEL CONGO 8 0 3 11
RWANDA 32 0 0 32
SENEGAL 2 0 3 5
SEYCHELLES 0 0 2 2
SIERRA LEONA 8 0 1 9
SOMALIA 21 0 1 22
SUDAFRICA 19 22 13 54
SUDAN 13 0 1 14
SWAZILANDIA 3 0 0 3
TANZANIA 11 2 3 16
TOGO 1 3 0 4
TUNEZ 1 1 1 3
UGANDA 42 2 2 46
ZAMBIA 21 0 0 21
ZIMBABWE 12 0 0 12
AMERICAS 51060 41514 359844 452,418
ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA 0 4 1 5
ANTILLAS HOLANDESA 0 0 1 1
ARGENTINA 138 1385 1305 2,828
ARUBA 7 0 1 8
BAHAMAS 11 6 8 25
BARBADOS 11 4 4 19
BELICE 137 24 79 240
BERMUDA 1 1 0 2
BERMUDAS 3 2 1 6
BOLIVIA 164 135 225 524
BRASIL 182 886 384 1,452
CANADA 280 1627 1732 3,639
CHILE 146 677 916 1,739
COLOMBIA 8633 3951 14155 26,739
CUBA 887 252 7902 9,041
CURAZAO 0 1 2 3
DOMINICA 1 6 18 25
ECUADOR 581 491 869 1,941
EL SALVADOR 1892 2009 7529 11,430
ESTADOS UNIDOS 3387 10815 9999 24,201
GRANADA 0 0 2 2
GUADALUPE 1 0 0 1
GUATEMALA 771 1472 1520 3,763
GUYANA 5 8 24 37
HAITI 102 28 211 341
HONDURAS 1499 1203 2388 5,090
ISLAS CAIMAN 3 0 0 3
JAMAICA 16 46 126 188
MEXICO 603 3157 1521 5,281
NICARAGUA 27272 6887 294907 329,066
PANAMA 621 728 5603 6,952
PARAGUAY 73 51 49 173
PERU 646 796 3536 4,978
PUERTO RICO 3 17 8 28
REPUBLICA DOMINICANA 1739 321 2317 4,377
SAN CRISTOBAL Y NEVIS 5 1 2 8
SAN VICENTE Y LAS GRANADINAS 0 0 4 4
SANTA LUCIA 0 4 1 5
SURINAM 3 3 8 14
TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO 15 54 33 102
URUGUAY 42 163 240 445
VENEZUELA 1180 4299 2213 7,692
ASIA 3235 2683 9934 15,852
AFGANISTAN 7 3 2 12
ARABIA SAUDI 0 0 2 2
ARMENIA 2 0 6 8
AZERBAIYAN 0 0 1 1
BANGLADESH 10 8 2 20
BULGARIA 2 3 0 5
CAMBOYA 18 0 0 18
CHAD 1 1 0 2
CHIPRE 4 0 2 6
EMIRATOS ARABES UNIDOS 1 0 0 1
FILIPINAS 68 159 193 420
GUAM 2 2 0 4
HONG KONG 0 33 94 127
INDIA 87 566 57 710
INDONESIA 26 9 6 41
IRAK 0 1 0 1
IRAN 10 34 117 161
IRAQ 10 0 4 14
ISRAEL 52 124 292 468
JAPON 203 178 187 568
JORDANIA 10 22 44 76
KAZAJISTAN 4 6 1 11
KIRGUISTAN 6 1 0 7
KUWAIT 0 0 2 2
LAOS 3 0 1 4
LIBANO 15 32 94 141
MALASIA 10 20 3 33
MALDIVAS 2 0 0 2
MONGOLIA 2 0 0 2
MYANMAR 20 0 0 20
NEPAL 62 2 86 150
OMAN 1 1 1 3
PAKISTAN 12 7 14 33
PALESTINA 7 3 16 26
QATAR 1 0 0 1
REPUBLICA DE CHINA TAIWAN 25 169 2207 2,401
REPUBLICA DE COREA 115 500 405 1,020
REPUBLICA DEM. POP. DE   COREA 62 10 6 78
REPUBLICA POP. DE CHINA 2230 741 5970 8,941
SINGAPUR 0 5 8 13
SIRIA 6 3 72 81
SRI LANKA 39 12 0 51
TAILANDIA 52 10 5 67
TAJIKISTAN 5 0 0 5
TIMOR ORIENTAL 1 0 0 1
TURKMENISTAN 1 0 0 1
TURQUIA 12 11 25 48
UZBEKISTAN 6 0 6 12
VIETNAM 22 6 3 31
YEMEN 1 1 0 2
EUROPA 3480 6330 9873 19,683
ALBANIA 6 0 2 8
ALEMANIA 1009 818 1603 3,430
ANDORRA 0 6 2 8
AUSTRIA 146 81 139 366
BELGICA 36 225 279 540
BIELORRUSIA 7 0 19 26
BOSNIA Y HERCEGOVINA 0 1 1 2
BULGARIA 8 9 45 62
CROACIA 4 0 10 14
DINAMARCA 80 60 53 193
ESLOVAQUIA 15 22 11 48
ESLOVENIA 0 2 7 9
ESPAÑA 509 1386 2068 3,963
ESTONIA 3 1 2 6
FEDERACION RUSA 65 168 365 598
FINLANDIA 65 13 18 96
FRANCIA 306 767 866 1,939
GEORGIA 8 0 6 14
HUNGRIA 13 15 31 59
IRLANDA 22 67 28 117
ISLANDIA 31 0 0 31
ITALIA 309 906 1932 3,147
LETONIA 2 4 12 18
LIECHTENSTEIN 0 3 0 3
LITUANIA 0 10 3 13
LUXEMBURGO 2 5 6 13
MACEDONIA 2 1 0 3
MOLDOVA 2 1 5 8
MONTENEGRO 0 0 1 1
NORUEGA 82 58 54 194
PAISES BAJOS 271 405 603 1,279
POLONIA 15 62 71 148
PORTUGAL 10 80 51 141
PRINCIPADO DE MONACO 0 0 1 1
REINO UNIDO 180 493 494 1,167
REPUBLICA CHECA 15 36 51 102
REPUBLICA HELENICA 3 12 23 38
RUMANIA 10 32 97 139
SAN MARINO 0 0 1 1
SANTA SEDE DEL VATICANO 2 0 1 3
SERBIA 3 6 19 28
SUECIA 53 113 142 308
SUIZA 159 441 672 1,272
UCRANIA 27 21 78 126
YUGOESLAVIA 0 0 1 1
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OCEANÍA

 

100 70 77 247
AUSTRALIA 50 57 55 162
FJI 1 0 0 1
ISLAS PITCARIN 1 0 2 3
MICRONESIA 2 0 0 2
NAURU 1 0 3 4
NIUE 1 0 0 1
NUEVA ZELANDA 40 10 16 66
TIMOR ORIENTAL 2 0 0 2
TONGA 0 2 0 2
VANATU 2 1 1 4
OTROS 13 0 12 25
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