Will I See A Lot of Poverty in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica

Compared to other countries in Central America, Costa Rica has lower poverty rates and, in fact, enjoys the region’s highest standard of living, with a nominal per capita income of about U.S. $7,843 (PPP or relative purchasing power of $11,215) and an unemployment rate of 7%.

Although poverty may not be as apparent in Costa Rica as it is in other countries, it definitely lingers in both inner-city San José and some rural areas. Despite Costa Rica's improved economy, however, poverty rates have held steady at about 20% (defined as those earning less than about $115 per month). You will likely see some, but not much, poverty while traveling in Costa Rica.