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Since 1975, emigration from Honduras has accelerated as job-seekers and political refugees seek better life elsewhere. Although many Hondurans have relatives in Nicaragua, Spain, Mexico, El Salvador and Canada, the majority of Hondurans living abroad are in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau (figures taken at the 2005 census) 460,000 Hondurans live there, making them the third largest Central American community in the U.S. Members of the Honduran community live mainly in: Florida-88,000 (24,000 in Miami alone), 68,000 in Texas (27,000 in Houston and 6,000 in Dallas), 62,000 in California (25,000 in the city of Los Angeles), 51,000 in New York (36,000 in New York City), 55,000 in Louisiana (54,000 in New Orleans), 25,000 in New Jersey, 18,000 in Virginia, and 3,000 in Washington DC.
In Spain, the Honduran community is by far the largest amongst the Central American people living there, with an estimated 8,500, according to Spanish figures for 2006. The main figures indicate that 2,130 live in Barcelona and 1,100 in Madrid. Following these demographic tendencies Cataluña has 4,854 Hondurans; Comunidad de Madrid, 1,086; Comunidad Valenciana, 556; and Castilla y Leon, 524.
According to statistics compiled by CELADE (Investigación Migración Internacional de Latinoamérica) by 1992 there were more than 8,700 Hondurans living in El Salvador; 9,700 in Nicaragua (by 1995), 5,500 in Guatemala (by 2002), 3,000 in Costa Rica (by 2000); and 2,400 in Belize (by 1990). Additionally, according to the UN Demographic Yearbook (2000) 8,700 Hondurans live in Canada.
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