Located in the center of country, San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and its largest city. Although a population of 334,000 residents resides in the city, the metropolitan area is home to well over 2 million people. San Jose is 17.23 square miles in size but the metropolitan area encompasses 789 square miles.
Over 1 million people work in the city of San Jose, with many commuting from outside the city. San Jose is considered a very safe city, too. There are many major companies who call San Jose their home including Sansa Airlines, Avianca Costa Rica and Rostipollos.
San Jose is considered one of the youngest capitals in Latin America having been officially established as such in 1823. The city is famous for its neoclassical architecture and art galleries nestled inside former colonial mansions. There are many parks, clubs and restaurants to enjoy.
You’ll find the Parque La Sabana, which is always bustling on a weekend afternoon, the San Jose Central Market and the Simón Bolívar Zoo.
San Jose is considered to be in a tropical wet and dry climate. The high temperatures are generally very consistent over the course of the year, averaging in the low-to-mid 80s. The lows often drop down into the mid-60s throughout the year. There is quite a contrast between the dry and wet seasons. In December through March, average monthly rainfall rarely exceeds 1 inch whereas between May and October, one can expect anywhere between 7 and 14 inches of rain. The average annual rainfall for San Jose is 77 inches.
Real estate and rentals are a little more expensive in San Jose than in other nearby major cities such as Belize City and Mexico City. There are homes, condos and apartments available to suit all budgets and preferences.
San Jose is a thriving city and the economic center of Costa Rica. While many choose to live outside the city limits, San Jose is busy during the day attracting businesses, shoppers and sightseers. As the infrastructure to outlying areas increases, so does the interest in calling the San Jose metropolitan area home.