Honduras has a growing population, approaching eight million. The annual growth rate was 2 percent for the period 2000–2005, a rate that is expected to hold for the second half of the decade. Just over 50 percent of the population is under 18 years old. Despite this growth, Honduras still has a relatively low population density, averaging around 70 people per square kilometer for the entire country and dropping as low as 5 per square kilometer in the wild Mosquitia region.
Although roughly half of the population still lives in rural areas, the country is experiencing rapid urbanization rates, centered on Tegucigalpa, the north coast cities, and San Pedro Sula, one of the fastest-growing cities in Latin America.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition