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Honduran American (Spanish: Hondureño americano or Hondureño estadounidense) are Americans of Honduran descent. Honduran Americans are a group of people who descend from Spanish, Mestizos (mix of European with Amerindian), Mayan, Garifuna, African, Palestinian, and Chinese, among many others.
The Honduran population at the 2010 Census was 633,401. Hondurans are the eighth largest Hispanic group in the United States and the third largest Central American population, after Salvadorans and Guatemalans.
- 1 History
- 2 Cultural
- 3 Socioeconomics
- 4 Demographics
- 5 List of Honduran-Americans
- 6 References
The first Hondurans came to United States in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in the 1820s, while the country, part of Central America, gained its independence from Spain and was founded as the republic of Honduras. All periods of conflict have led to minor waves of Honduran emigration to the United States. This was the case after the 1956 military coup.
Hondurans immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, primarily to Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. The main reason for Hondurans to leave their country was to escape poverty and seek a better life in the United States.
Many Honduran-Americans are migrant farm laborers who first established themselves in the largest U.S. cities, in which they had support networks from the Honduran-American communities. In the late1980s and 1990s, most Honduran-Americans lived in New York City (33,000), Los Angeles (24,000), and Miami (18,000).
Honduran-Americans have actively participated in U.S. military service. A total of 13.7 percent of native (U.S.) Honduran-American males older than 16 years are in the military. In addition, 769 Honduran-American non-citizen males serve in the military.
Usually, Honduran-Americans live in areas with high economic growth and demand for employment in construction, domestic services, and other industries. Many Honduran-Americans suffer discrimination as others Hispanic groups. Most Honduran-Americans are undocumented immigrants.
Honduran-Americans, especially male farm workers, are afflicted by health problems due to poor nutrition and low access rates to medical assistance. Many Hondurans living in the United States suffer severe psychological trauma as a consequence of crime, insecurity, gangs, and violence in their home country.
Honduran-American girls tend to spend more years in school than Honduran-Americans boys, in part due to pressure by their families on boys to start working at age 12 or 14. A total of 1,091 Honduran-Americans have a Master's degree, 862 have other professional degrees, and 151 have a doctoral degree. The majority of these individuals are women.
Race and ethnicity
Honduran Americans are very ethnically diverse. The Honduran Americans are a group of people who descend from Spanish, mestizos (mixed of white people with Amerindian), Mayan, black Carib, African, Palestinian and Chinese, among many others.
The 10 states with the largest population of Hondurans (Source: 2010 Census):
- Florida - 107,302
- Texas - 88,389
- California - 72,795
- New York - 71,919
- New Jersey - 36,556
- North Carolina - 30,900
- Louisiana - 30,617
- Virginia - 30,583
- Georgia - 20,577
- Maryland - 20,576
The largest population of Hondurans are situated in the following areas (Source: Census 2010):
- New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA - 97,854
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL MSA - 74,357
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX MSA - 53,598
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA - 46,044
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA - 37,665
- New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA MSA - 25,112
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA - 18,063
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA - 16,489
- Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA - 11,675
- Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA - 10,869
- Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA - 9,356
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA - 7,636
- San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA MSA - 7,413
- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSA - 6,882
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSA - 6,673
- Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA - 6,509
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX MSA - 6,063
- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA - 5,002
- Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA - 4,976
- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSA - 4,239
US communities with high percentages of people of Honduran ancestry
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New York City is said to have over 40,000 Hondurans alone. Another large Honduran community is in New Orleans with an estimated 80,000 reported to live there. Other large Honduran communities are in the Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, Miami/South Florida, the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California with an expanding Honduran community each in Los Angeles and San Diego.
There could be 10,000 Hondurans in the Coachella Valley located 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Hondurans usually live in areas with high economic growth and demand for employment in construction, domestic services and other light industries.
US communities with largest population of people of Honduran ancestry
The top 25 US communities with the highest populations of Hondurans (Source: Census 2010)
- New York, NY - 42,400
- Houston, TX - 32,807
- Los Angeles, CA - 23,919
- Miami, FL - 23,209
- Charlotte, NC - 7,557
- Dallas, TX - 6,890
- Metairie, LA - 5,611
- Kenner, LA - 5,556
- Chicago, IL - 5,021
- New Orleans, LA - 4,572
- Austin, TX - 4,503
- Boston, MA - 4,017
- Hempstead, NY - 3,758
- Hialeah, FL - 3,744
- Durham, NC - 3,451
- Jersey City, NJ - 3,041
- Nashville-Davidson, TN - 3,018
- Chelsea, MA - 2,938
- San Antonio, TX - 2,776
- New Brunswick, NJ - 2,772
- Long Beach, CA - 2,696
- San Francisco, CA - 2,611
- Union City, NJ - 2,533
- Baltimore, MD - 2,386
- Raleigh, NC - 2,345
US communities with high percentages of people of Honduran ancestry
The top 25 US communities with the highest percentages of Hondurans as a percent of total population (Source: Census 2010)
- Islandia, FL - 38.89%
- Wallace, NC - 15.59%
- Acacia Villas, FL - 14.75%
- Magnolia, NC - 12.03%
- Teachey, NC - 11.43%
- Morristown, NJ - 9.99%
- Rose Hill, NC - 9.84%
- Chelsea, MA - 8.35%
- Kenner, LA - 8.33%
- Woodridge, NY - 7.08%
- Hempstead, NY - 6.97%
- Selma, NC - 6.85%
- Miami, FL - 5.81%
- New Cassel, NY - 5.78%
- Springfield, VA - 5.77%
- West Little River, FL - 5.48%
- Newburgh, NY - 5.35%
- Lakewood Gardens, FL - 5.34%
- New Brunswick, NJ - 5.02%
- Herndon, VA - 4.98%
- Kenwood Estates, FL - 4.75%
- Dover, NJ - 4.74%
- Seven Corners, VA - 4.73%
- Pine Manor, FL - 4.52%
- Woodlawn, VA - 4.45%
List of Honduran-Americans
- Kerim Gattás Asfura - Chemist and Dr. from the University of Miami
- Francia Almendárez - Actress
- Renán Almendárez Coello - radio show host of the show El Cucuy de la Mañana
- David Archuleta - Runner-up of American Idol Season 7
- Michael Benjamin (investor) - His mother who immigrated from Honduras.
- Steve Van Buren - NFL Hall of Fame Running Back (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Brandon Escobar - wrestler
- Roger Espinoza - footballer who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.
- Miguel Estrada - an attorney who became embroiled in controversy following his 2001 nomination by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was the first Latino to be nominated to a high position in the judicial branch and would have been a potential Supreme Court nominee.
- America Ferrera - film actress (Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ugly Betty)
- Henry Flores - professional American photographer who addresses modern pop culture.
- Eddie Gómez - undefeated professional boxer
- Illich Guardiola - American actor.
- Carlos Mencia - comedian, writer and actor (The Mind of Mencia)
- Virginia "Ginny" Montes - (1943–1994) was a civil rights activist and feminist
- Brina Palencia - American voice actress, ADR director, and singer primarily known for her work for Funimation Entertainment/OkraTron 5000.
- Satcha Pretto - journalist and TV news presenter
- Francia Raisa - American actress
- Rocsi (Raquel Lisette Diaz) - 106 & Park Personality Rocsi
- Andres Serrano - American photographer and artist who has become notorious through his photos of corpses and his use of feces and bodily fluids in his work. He is of Honduran and Afro-American descent.
- Hype Williams - Billboard and MTV VMA award winning music video and film director.
- Gerald Young - former Major League Baseball outfielder
- Daniel Zacapa - film actor (The Mexican, Seven, Odd Couple II, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)
- José Zúñiga - film actor (24, Prison Break, The O.C)
- US Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey B03001 1-Year Estimates HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY SPECIFIC ORIGIN retrieved September 20, 2013
- Honduran Americans by William Maxwell, Retrieved December 11, 2011, to 12:55pm.
- Benjamin for U.S. Senate Website, Family Background section.
- "Honduran American actress America Ferrera"
- "The youngest of six children born to Honduran parents"