Central America

Costa Rica

Summary

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Absolute number

Prevalence

59.4 thousand

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

2%
364.1 thousand

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

17%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Central America
  • Costa Rica
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YearCentral AmericaCosta Rica
199317.0%
199722.7%
199820.3%
200223.4%
200324.2%
200724.3%
200819.8%
201225.1%
201317.3%
201723.9%
201817.1%
202222.8%
Child marriage age

Costa Rica

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Costa Rica

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201815.0%23.9%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201840.4%24.5%13.5%6.1%2.3%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201858.7%13.2%
Child marriage age

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Levels of child marriage vary across different parts of Costa Rica. See the range of values within the country, and explore the map for details.

Prevalence of child marriage

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24% 9% 31% 34% 10% 18% 11%

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2018

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Costa Rica in 2018

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YearCosta RicaAlajuelaCartagoGuanacasteHerediaLimónPuntarenasSan José
17.1%18.3%11.3%24.2%8.7%30.7%33.8%9.9%
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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Costa Rica
Child marriage age
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YearCosta Rica
199317.0%
199820.3%
200324.2%
200819.8%
201317.3%
201817.1%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Costa Rica15.0%23.9%17.1%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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