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Full nameAlajuela
Official nameAlajuela
Settlement typeCity
MottoPro Patria Nostra - Sanguis Noster  (Latin)
" For our country, our blood "
CountryCosta Rica
ProvinceAlajuela Province
CantonAlajuela Canton
MayorRoberto Thompson
Total Area3.4 sq mi (8.88 km2)
Total Population50753 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)

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Alajuela is the second largest city in Costa Rica after the capital, San José. It is also the capital of the namesake province. Because of its location in the Costa Rican Central Valley, Alajuela is nowadays englobed in the conurbation of Great Metropolitan Area (GAM). The city is the birthplace of Juan Santamaría, the national hero of Costa Rica and the figure who gives the name to the country's main international airport, which is located south of Alajuela downtown.

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