Honduran American

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Honduran American
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Total population

753,532[1]
0.24% of the U.S. population (2012)[1]

Location of Honduras
Regions with significant populations
Languages
English, Spanish
Religion
Predominantly Roman Catholic
Minority Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
fellow Hispanic and Latino Americans

Honduran American (Spanish: honduro-americano, norteamericano de origen hondureño or estadounidense de origen hondureño) are Americans of Honduran descent. Honduran Americans are a group of people who may descend from Spanish, Honduran Native (including Mayan), Garifuna, African, Palestinian and Chinese people, 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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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).[2]

Cultural[edit]

Military Service[edit]

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.[2]

Socioeconomics[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Race and ethnicity[edit]

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.

State populations[edit]

The 10 states with the largest population of Hondurans (Source: 2010 Census):

  1. Florida - 107,302
  2. Texas - 88,389
  3. California - 72,795
  4. New York - 71,919
  5. New Jersey - 36,556
  6. North Carolina - 30,900
  7. Louisiana - 30,617
  8. Virginia - 30,583
  9. Georgia - 20,577
  10. Maryland - 20,576

Areas[edit]

The largest population of Hondurans are situated in the following areas (Source: Census 2010):

  1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA - 97,854
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL MSA - 74,357
  3. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX MSA - 53,598
  4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA - 46,044
  5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA - 37,665
  6. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA MSA - 25,112
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA - 18,063
  8. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA - 16,489
  9. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA - 11,675
  10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA - 10,869
  11. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA - 9,356
  12. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA - 7,636
  13. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA MSA - 7,413
  14. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSA - 6,882
  15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSA - 6,673
  16. Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA - 6,509
  17. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX MSA - 6,063
  18. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA - 5,002
  19. Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA - 4,976
  20. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSA - 4,239

US communities with high percentages of people of Honduran ancestry[edit]

New York City is said to have over 40,000 Hondurans alone.[citation needed] Another large Honduran community is in New Orleans with an estimated 80,000 reported to live there.[citation needed] 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[edit]

The top 25 US communities with the highest populations of Hondurans (Source: Census 2010)

  1. New York, NY - 42,400
  2. Houston, TX - 32,807
  3. Los Angeles, CA - 23,919
  4. Miami, FL - 23,209
  5. Charlotte, NC - 7,557
  6. Dallas, TX - 6,890
  7. Metairie, LA - 5,611
  8. Kenner, LA - 5,556
  9. Chicago, IL - 5,021
  10. New Orleans, LA - 4,572
  11. Austin, TX - 4,503
  12. Boston, MA - 4,017
  13. Hempstead, NY - 3,758
  14. Hialeah, FL - 3,744
  15. Durham, NC - 3,451
  16. Jersey City, NJ - 3,041
  17. Nashville-Davidson, TN - 3,018
  18. Chelsea, MA - 2,938
  19. San Antonio, TX - 2,776
  20. New Brunswick, NJ - 2,772
  21. Long Beach, CA - 2,696
  22. San Francisco, CA - 2,611
  23. Union City, NJ - 2,533
  24. Baltimore, MD - 2,386
  25. Raleigh, NC - 2,345

US communities with high percentages of people of Honduran ancestry[edit]

The top 25 US communities with the highest percentages of Hondurans as a percent of total population (Source: Census 2010)

  1. Islandia, FL - 38.89%
  2. Wallace, NC - 15.59%
  3. Acacia Villas, FL - 14.75%
  4. Magnolia, NC - 12.03%
  5. Teachey, NC - 11.43%
  6. Morristown, NJ - 9.99%
  7. Rose Hill, NC - 9.84%
  8. Chelsea, MA - 8.35%
  9. Kenner, LA - 8.33%
  10. Woodridge, NY - 7.08%
  11. Hempstead, NY - 6.97%
  12. Selma, NC - 6.85%
  13. Miami, FL - 5.81%
  14. New Cassel, NY - 5.78%
  15. Springfield, VA - 5.77%
  16. West Little River, FL - 5.48%
  17. Newburgh, NY - 5.35%
  18. Lakewood Gardens, FL - 5.34%
  19. New Brunswick, NJ - 5.02%
  20. Herndon, VA - 4.98%
  21. Kenwood Estates, FL - 4.75%
  22. Dover, NJ - 4.74%
  23. Seven Corners, VA - 4.73%
  24. Pine Manor, FL - 4.52%
  25. Woodlawn, VA - 4.45%

List of Honduran-Americans[edit]

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