Since 1975 emigration from Honduras has accelerated as economic migrants and political refugees seek a 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.
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.
2012 US State Department estimates suggested there are between 800,000 and 1 million Hondurans living in the United States, nearly 15% of the Honduran domestic population. The large uncertainty is due to the substantial number of Hondurans living illegally in the United States. The 2010 U.S. Census counted 633,401 Hondurans in the United States, up from 217,569 in 2000.
There were 8,500 Hondurans living in Spain in 2006.
According to statistics compiled by CELADE (Investigación Migración Internacional de Latinoamérica) in 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.
- U.S. Relations With Honduras. State.gov (2012-06-19). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
- American FactFinder. Factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
- INEbase: Lista de operaciones estadísticas incluídas. Ine.es (2001-05-28). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.