Last Census - 2001
Commonly referred to as Spanish Honduras for many years, the country became independent from Spain in 1821 and has remained that way ever since.
The most recent census was carried out in 2007 and it showed that the population of Honduras at the time was 7,529,403. Subsequent estimates have been released and the most recent of these dates from 2010 when it was claimed that numbers had climbed to 8,249,574.
That represents quite a significant increase over the course of three years and if you were to project those numbers forward, you could suggest that the Honduras population in 2012 had exceeded 9 million for the first time. The 2014 estimate, however, is only 8,326,822.
Honduras Population Density
The republic of Honduras has a land mass of 112,492 square kilometres (43,278 square miles) making it the 102nd largest country with regards to surface area alone.
For every square kilometre of Honduran territory, there is an average of 64 people here which equates to 166 per square mile and makes Honduras the 12th most densely populated country in the world today.
Breakdown of population
Figures released by the CIA world factbook based on 2011 estimated numbers of 8,143,564 give us an insight into how the population of Honduras can be broken down.
It is reported that at the time, 36.7% of the Honduras population was aged between 0 and 14 with a slight majority on the male side. In addition, 59.5% were aged between 15 and 64.
Finally, it was confirmed that just 3.8% of the people in Honduras were aged over 65 in 2011. Overall life expectancy in Honduras is 70.61 years with a split between males at 68.93 years and females at 72.37 years. The vast majority of the population of Honduras consider themselves to be white or Mestizo. In fact, it is claimed that these groups make up for 90% of the total population within the country. In addition, 7% are of American Indian descent while 2% declare themselves to be black. The remaining 1% of the population is made up from much smaller ethnicity groups.
Honduras Population Projections
The leap in population figures from the 2007 census to the 2010 estimate is quite considerable and it would suggest that the Honduras population in 2012 may well have exceeded nine million. Further estimates are likely soon but only the next, official nationwide survey will confirm whether those projections are correct.