San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, as well as the capital of the province with the same name. It is also the largest city in the country. People in the middle of the country, in the middle of the Central Valley, live there. San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, where the country's government is based, as well as the centre of political and economic activity and a major transportation hub. It had a population of 288,054 in 2011. San Jose's land area is 44.2 square kilometres (17.2 square miles), with an estimated 333,980 people living there in 2015. At least two million people lived there in 2017, making it the country's "Greater Metropolitan Area," which includes Alajuela, Heredia, and Cartago. City: Joseph of Nazareth is the name of the city. It was named after him
When the Cabildo de Leon ordered San Jose to be built in 1736, it used colonial planning to help the city grow. It has been important for a long time because it has been the capital of Costa Rica three times. People pass through it every day. It is home to the Museum of Costa Rica, the National Theatre of Costa Rica, and the La Sabana Metropolitan Park, which is a big park in the city centre. Juan Santamara International Airport is the main airport in the city, and it serves the whole area.
San Jose is one of the best cities in Latin America in terms of quality of life, security, level of globalisation, environmental performance, public service, and well-known institutions. It is also one of the safest cities in the region. People who study Latin American cities say that San Jose is one of the safest and least violent cities in the area. During the Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2006, the city was named the Ibero-American Capital of Culture According to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index 2012, San Jose is the sixth most popular city in Latin America, and it is the most popular city in Central America, too. San Jose came in 15th on a list of the world's fastest-growing cities for visitors who spend money when they come from other countries. It is called a "Beta-" global city by the GaWC.