Palmares is the name of the seventh canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 38.06 km², and has a population of 31,608. The capital city of the canton is also called Palmares.
The canton encompasses a circular area with the city of Palmares at its center. The Montes de Aguacate (Avocado Mountains) establish the boundary on the canton's southwestern edge and the Río Grande (Great River) delineates the boundary on its north and northeast sides.
The first settlers in what today is Palmares are believed to have arrived in 1835 from the cities of Alajuela and Belen, looking for land where to cultivate tobacco and other products.
- Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
- Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.
- "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009.
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