Tegucigalpa including its neighbor city Comayagüela serves as the capital for the Republic of Honduras. The Honduran capital is also called Tegus, a convenient short form for its formal legal name Tegucigalpa, Municipality of the Central District.
The Central American nation is notorious for having the world’s highest homicide rate, which stood at 84.6 victims per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Honduras is also Latin America’s sixth-poorest country (lagging only Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Guyana and Bolivia).
Capital Facts for Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: San Miguel Cathedral, Central Park, National University, Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa, Honduras National Gallery of Art and the Manuel Bonilla Theater
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
- Boniek Garcia, soccer player/footballer (born Sep. 4, 1984)
- Daniel Zacapa, actor & producer (born Jul. 19, 1951)
- Amado Guevara, soccer player/footballer (born May 2, 1976)
- Rocsi Diaz, actress & producer (born Nov. 17, 1983)
- Miguel Izaguirre, actor (born Oct. 20, 1988)
- Rocsi Diaz, TV show host (born Nov. 17, 1983)
- Emilio Izaguirre, soccer player/footballer (born May 10, 1986)
- Sherry Maldonado, model (born Jun. 2, 1991)
- Juan Diego Zelaya, national executive secretary (born Sep. 6, 1975)
- Jennifer Andrade, Miss Universe Honduras 2012 (born Nov. 2, 1989)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Honduras resident: Honduran
Population: 1,123,000 (Tegucigalpa)
Density: 19,702 people per square mile (7,607 per square kilometer)
Population: 8,893,259 (Honduras)
Density: 79 people per square mile (31 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$41.06 billion in 2015 (for Honduras, per the CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $4,900
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tegucigalpa were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tegucigalpa: Honduran lempira
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 3, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central America and Caribbean: Honduras. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Official Government Website, Presidency of the Republic of Honduras. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Honduras. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Wikipedia, List of countries by intentional homicide rate. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Tegucigalpa. Accessed on January 3, 2017
Tegucigalpa covers a land area measuring 57 square miles (148 square kilometers), within which an estimated 1.1 million people lived in 2015.
Within its national borders, Honduras extends over 111,890 square miles (289,794 square kilometers). The CIA World Factbook estimates the Honduran population as about 8.9 million residents at July 2016.
Population density is higher within Honduras’s capital with an average 19,700 residents per square mile (7,600 per square kilometer).
At the country-level for Honduras overall, population density drops dramatically to an average 79 people per square mile (31 per square kilometer).
Honduras broke free from Spain on September 15, 1821. Hondurans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each September 15.