- Below poverty line 21.7%
- Roman Catholic 76.3%
- Evangelical 13.7%
- Jehovah’s Witness 1.3%
- Other 5.5%
- None 3.2%
EFM began working in Costa Rica in the 1970’s. We currently only have one church, led by Rolando and Carmen Meneses. They are a wonderful family with five sons.They are trying to start churches in other areas of the country. We are working with them on a plan to develop local leadership.
Costa Rica’s political stability, high standard of living, and well-developed social benefits system set it apart from its Central American neighbors. Through the government’s sustained social spending – almost 20% of GDP annually – Costa Rica has made tremendous progress toward achieving its goal of providing universal access to education, healthcare, clean water, sanitation, and electricity. Since the 1970’s, expansion of these services has led to a rapid decline in infant mortality, an increase in life expectancy at birth, and a sharp decrease in the birth rate. The average number of children born per woman has fallen from about 7 in the 1960s to 3.5 in the early 1980’s to below replacement level today. Costa Rica’s poverty rate is lower than in most Latin American countries, but it has stalled at around 20% for almost two decades.
Costa Rica is a popular regional immigration destination because of its job opportunities and social programs. Almost 9% of the population is foreign-born, with Nicaraguans comprising nearly three-quarters of the foreign population.