In 2011 the following ethnic groups were reported in Costa Rica: 65.8% White / Castizo; 13.65% Mestizo (people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry); 9.03% Immigrants; 6.72% Mulatto; 2.40% Amerindian; 1.03% Black; 0.21% Asian; and 0.88% other. The majority of whites are primarily of Spaniard ancestry.
Roman Catholicism is the official state religion in Costa Rica. 70.5% of Costa Ricans are Roman Catholics, 44.9% of the population are practicing Catholics, 13.8% are Evangelical Protestants (many of them Pentecostal), 11.3% report that they do not have a religion, and 4.3% belonged to another.
In August 1961 the Conservative Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Rosedale Mennonite Missions) sent two missionary couples to establish a Mennonite witness in Costa Rica, eventually establishing the Convención Evangélica Menonita de Costa Rica. A group of Beachy Amish led by minister Sanford Yoder and several families pioneered a settlement in Costa Rica in 1968.
In 2012 the following Anabaptist groups were active in Costa Rica:
|Denominations||Membership in 2009||Congregations in 2009||Membership in 2012||Congregations in 2012|
|Asociación Convención de Iglesias Menonitas de Costa Rica / Asociación Iglesias Cristianas Menonitas de Costa Rica||1,470||20||1,595||23|
|Beachy Amish Church||264||11||257||10|
|Conservative (Plain) Mennonites||45||1|
|Independent and Unaffiliated||50||2|
Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009: Latin America & The Caribbean." 2010. Web. 28 October 2010..
Mennonite World Conference. World Directory = Directorio mundial = Répertoire mondial 2012: Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Related Churches = Iglesias Menonitas, de los Hermanos en Cristo y afines = Églises Mennonites, Frères en Christ et Apparentées.Kitchener, ON: Mennonite World Conference, 2012: 20.
Wikipedia. "Costa Rica." 2010. Web. 5 June 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica.
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||June 2013|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Costa Rica." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2013. Web. 31 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Costa_Rica&oldid=94257.
Thiessen, Richard D. (June 2013). Costa Rica. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 March 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Costa_Rica&oldid=94257.
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