Costa Rica CR

1,498,464

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

80,408

Indicated decisions 2014

5.0 million

Population

4.4 million

Christians
689,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Costa Rica
  • Social Control

    Shame/Fear-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 87.96% (19th); Gospel Visits toPopulation- 29.96% (8th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 248.91% (4th); Gospel Visits to non-Evangelicals- 34.74% (9th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 489.41% (15th); Gospel Decisions to Population- 1.61% (16th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians- 13.36% (7th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals- 1.86% (15th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 29.04% (25th).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Non-religious
  • Human Development Index

    68/187
  • Internet Access

    50.86% (64th)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Costa Rican (76.9%); Mestizo (9.4%); Other Latin American (7.6%); Jamaican/Creole (1.3%); Amerindian (1.1%); 500,000- 700,000 Nicaraguan refugees and migrant workers.
  • Common Languages

    Spanish
  • Economy

    Recent growth in tourism and the tech industry have helped the depressed economy.
    About 20% of the people live in deep poverty.
    The country is very strong in ecological conservation.
  • History / Politics

    Independence in 1821 from Spain, and has had a stable, multi-party democracy for a while.
  • Spirituality

    Evangelicals grew to 15% of the population and are very strong on missionary efforts.
    Evangelism tends to be strong, but discipleship is weak and pastors are often impoverished.
    Has some of the best training for Christians in Latin America with many schools.
    Stability here has allowed Costa Rica to become a regional center for global ministries.
    Youth have difficulty with drugs, violence, and immoral lifestyles.
  • Prayers

    Pray for the continued growth of evangelicals and for their strong missionary efforts.
    Pray for better discipleship and growth in the leadership of the church.
    Pray for the Christian schools that provide a base for outreach to other Latin nations.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.