Costa Rica: Human development

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 Costa Rica

Human Development Index (0 - 1)

 Latest value 0.809
 Year 2021
 Measure points
 Data availability 1980 - 2021
 Average 0.724
 Min - Max 0.538 - 0.809
 Source The United Nations
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 1980 to 2021. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 0.724 points with a minimum of 0.538 points in 2020 and a maximum of 0.809 points in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 0.809 points. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 184 countries is 0.724 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Costa Rica - Human development - recent values

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Costa Rica - Human development - historical chart - 1980-2021




The Human Development Index for Costa Rica published by the United Nations is a composite measure including life expectancy, educational attainment, and income level. It aims to measure not only incomes but life quality as well.
Definition: The Human Development Index measures three basic dimensions of human development: long and healthy life, knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Four indicators are used to calculate the index: life expectancy at birth, mean years of schooling, expected years of schooling, and gross national income per capita.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Happiness index 7.08 2023 points
 Human development 0.809 2021 points
 Women in parliament 47.37 2022 percent
 Land area 51,060 2021 sq. km
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