What Is Costa Rica?

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Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia making it a pretty small country. It is 174 miles long at its widest point and only 74 miles at its narrowest point. In total it is 19,730 square miles. Costa Rica grows many crops and one of the main crops that is grown is Coffee. Costa Rica is big on coffee. Some other crops that are grown are sugarcane, pineapples, and bananas. A lot of the vegetation grown is put down in the Central Valley because of the good soil there. Precipitation in Costa Rica is normal and can range from 70 to 200 inches of rain annually. In the Lowlands there is an average of 150 to 200 inches of rain annually. An average amount of precipitation in the Pacific Coast is 130 inches. In the Valley and Mountains there…show more content…
94% of Ticos and Ticas are Europeans (Spain, Germany, France, and Great Britain.) There are only 3% of African descendants in Costa Rica which is a very small amount. However, there are only 1% of indigenous people left in Costa Rica. Although Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica there is something special about the way that they speak it. For example, they slur the r and may soften it as well. African descendants speak Spanish. Some Indian languages are Bribri, Cabecar, Maleku, etc... 96% of adults who live in Costa Rica can read and write. Nevertheless, after finishing primary school you can go and get a job or to continue on to high school. While in high school you have to complete at least 30 hours of community service to graduate. Your housing depends on your location and your wealth. People who are poor live in a wooden shack or cardboard. Their houses are often times dirtier, unpainted, or broken. People who are working class typically live in a house made of bricks or concrete blocks. Their houses are usually 1 story high. Those who are wealthy have a 2 story house and may have fencing, a garage, pool, and/or porch. Transportation in Costa Rica is shuttles, private transfers, rental cars, buses, and even flights! Because Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia, getting a flight is not too hard. A majority of people believe in Catholicism. Special occasions are held in churches such as baptisms of Catholic kids, weddings, and funerals. There is a high standard health care in Costa Rica. Because there is such a high standard health care, there is free health coverage to those who are legal residents. On average, men typically live to be around 75 years old while women live to be around 81 years
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