Population: In 1992 population estimated at
million. Rate of annual growth 2.8 percent. Most of
lives in western part of interior highlands and Caribbean
northeastern Honduras sparsely settled. Population about
but rapidly urbanizing.
Education and Literacy: Literacy reportedly at
percent in 1990 but varies widely regionally. Few people
Health and Welfare: High degree of malnutrition;
infant and child mortality rates. Major diseases: malaria,
diseases and typhoid, influenza, tuberculosis, and
expectancy: nearly sixty-five years in 1992. Medical care
for most of population.
Language: Spanish official language and spoken
or secondary language by almost all of population. English
used on Caribbean coast. Miskito of northeastern Honduras
native language, as do Black Caribs of Caribbean coast.
Ethnic Groups: Approximately 90 percent of
mestizo. Caribbean coast population most diverse, with
Creole, and Black Carib. Northeastern Honduras population
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic, although
Protestant denominations growing rapidly.
Data as of December 1993