What Is Costa Rica's Population and Ethnic Makeup?

Of the 4.3 million inhabitants of Costa Rica, 94% are a mixture of Spanish and indigenous populations. Along the Caribbean coast, much of the population is of African descent; this ethnic group makes up around 3% of the total population. Roughly 1% of the total Costa Rican population are Chinese, 1% are indigenous, and 1% are other.

Costa Ricans, who are also known as ticos, are considered some of the happiest and friendliest people on the planet. They are welcoming to visitors, but are also are very proud of their country and culture. Remember that you are a guest of their country while visiting Costa Rica.