|Province:||San José Province|
|Area:||15.16 km² (1)|
|pop. density:||3.327 inh./km²|
The elongated canton reaches from the suburbs of the national capital of San José eastward to the province of Cartago, and neighbors the cantons of Curridabat, San José, Cartago, and Goicoechea. The Río Torres delineate a portion of the northern boundary, while the Río Ocloro and Quebrada Poró mark the southern boundary.
The canton is known for its high level of commercial development, the number of universities and other centers of higher education, and its active night life. It is one of the most urbanized and vibrant cantons in the San José area, both day and night.
The canton of Montes de Oca is subdivided into 4 distritos (districts).
Montes de Oca is known in Costa Rica as the Cradle of Higher Education as it is home to the University of Costa Rica as well as other university-level centers of study, such as the Universidad Latina and the Universidad Americana (UAM)Escuela Laboratorio . The canton can boast of 99% literacy, compared with 95% in Costa Rica at large.
The canton was established by law on August 2, 1915. Its name honors a former congressional representative from the area, Don Faustino Montes de Oca (1859-1902).
(1) Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
(2) Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.