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Pococí is canton 2 of the province of Limón, Costa Rica. It is the northernmost and westernmost of the 6 cantons that make it up. It has an extension of 2,403.49 km², and is the second in demographic and economic importance of the province. It was created by law No.12 of September 19,1911, during the administration of Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, segregating it from the central canton of Limón. The capital, Guápiles, was declared a city in 1966. This city is an important commercial and banking center, and has numerous schools and colleges as well as a university center, and public and private higher education institutions.

It is the heart of a prosperous agricultural and livestock region, which annually organizes the ExpoPococí Fair, one of the most important in the country in the area of ​​livestock. Some industries begin to settle in this canton benefiting from the proximity to San José, about 60 km, and Puerto Limón, 100 km. To the north of the canton is the Tortuguero National Park, one of the most visited tourist sites in Costa Rica, famous worldwide for its scenic beauty, its biodiversity and for the presence of the sea turtles that arrive every year and turn it into the site most important spawning in the Caribbean. The canton is connected to Limón, capital of the province, and to the center of the country through the Braulio Carrillo highway. In addition, route 4 provides connection to the Huetar Norte Region.

According to the 2011 National Census, the population of the canton was 125,962 inhabitants, of which 7.5% were born abroad. The same census highlights that there were 36,238 occupied dwellings, of which 51.8% were in good condition and there were problems of overcrowding in 6.3% of the dwellings.59.2% of its inhabitants lived in urban areas. Among other data, the literacy level of the canton is 96.5%, with an average schooling of 6.9 years. The same census details that the economically active population is distributed as follows: Primary Sector: 36.3%. Secondary Sector: 13.2%. Tertiary Sector: 50.5%.