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Desamparados is a canton located in the central area of the province of San José, in Costa Rica, and belonging to the Greater Metropolitan Area. Bordered by the cantons of Curridabat and San José in the north, with the canton of Alajuelita in the northwest, the canton of Aserrí in the west, the canton of León Cortés in the south, the canton of Dota in the southeast and the cantons of El Guarco, Cartago and La Unión by the east, and has a territorial extension of 118.26 km², its head is the district of Desamparados, with a city category. The canton has 235,863 inhabitants, according to the latest demographic projection of INEC.
The canton is characterized as one of the most populated of the Great Metropolitan Area and the country, and has received a considerable volume of immigration from the countryside and other countries in recent years. Desamparados has a human development index of 0.753, classified as high.