Costa Rica has the lowest poverty rate in Central America. The unemployment rate hovers between 7 – 8% and the average per capita income is just under $8,000 USD. The poverty percentage is around 20% of the population and is defined by the country as those earning under $155 per month. The majority of people in this classification live in the inner city of San Jose or in rural areas. To put this in perspective; the international poverty line is considered to be those earning less than $1.25 per day. Less than 2% of the population of Costa Rica would fall into this category.
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