Tegucigalpa at a Glance
Moving to Tegucigalpa
Tegucigalpa has an expanding population, estimated at between 1.2 and 1.3 million people; a number that has been growing at a steady rate of 2.8% over the last two decades. Mestizos (people of combined European and Native American descent) make up the majority of the population, together with a small quantity of White Hispanics, with some Chinese and Arab (mainly Palestinian) residents. The city also has a small native populace comprising Afro-Hondurans and Amerindians.
Spanish is the main language, although there are some local dialects due to constant movement of ethnic groups. Other languages include English, Chinese, Arabic, Armenian, and English Creole, while some native languages can also be heard, such as Miskito, Tol, Garifuna and Pech.
The city itself is Honduras’s capital and lies in the heart of a valley encircled by mountains in the southern central Highland region. It forms the political and administrative seat of Honduras. Land in the city covers a total expanse of 201.5 square kilometers, or 77.8 square miles.
The Climate in Tegucigalpa
Tegucigalpa shares the tropical dry and wet climate common to Central America but enjoys rather milder temperatures than similar Central American cities thanks to its high altitude, sitting at 990 meters (3,250 feet) above sea level.
Expats moving to Tegucigalpa can look forward to an average temperature in the city center ranging from 19°C (66°F) to 23°C (73°F). The dry season is from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The coolest weather occurs in December and January, while March and April are the hottest months of the year. Most rainfall occurs in June and September, and thunderstorms are quite common.
Finding Accommodation in Tegucigalpa
There are several housing search engines that can assist you in finding accommodation in the city, including but not limited to:
- Honduras Real Estate
- Encuentra 24
- World Estate International
- Inverprop Real Estate (website in Spanish only)
Rents are quite affordable, depending on the neighborhood you’re looking at. There are houses and apartments available in many price ranges.
Centro Contemporaneo is the most well developed area, comprising 40 neighborhoods catering to the more affluent. There are well-to-do apartment complexes and you’ll find the foreign embassies in this area on Boulevard Morazan. You’ll expect to pay around 270–350 USD per month for one bedroom apartments and up to 635 USD or more for three bedroom apartments, depending on their location in the city.