However, the water supply was assured by ditches, and the fertility of the surrounding fields along with the installation of the Tobacco Factory of Costa Rica, which would aid urban concentration.As San José, unlike what happened to Cartago, was not founded with a formal act of foundation, it was not considered as a city or town, and consequently the city lacked a city government.In 2012, new police equipment was issued by the government, and the security budget was increased.President Laura Chinchilla's government has donated vehicles and other equipment to the police department on at least two occasions.
The population of San José Canton was 288,054 in 2011, The city is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.
The first modern urban neighborhood carries the name of his founder, the French coffee entrepreneur Monsieur Amon, and was created in the late 19th century, in line with Belle Époque contemporary architecture.
The Barrio Amon, as well as the National Theatre remain symbols of Costa Rican coffee golden age.
Today San José is a modern city with bustling commerce and brisk expressions of art and architecture.
Spurred by the country's improved tourism industry, it is a significant destination and stopover for foreign visitors.
The country as a whole has the best education levels of all the Central American nations, and one of the best in Latin America.