The population of Honduras in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 6,941,000, which placed it as number 94 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 4% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 43% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 102 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is 2.34%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 8,762,000. The population density in 2002 was 60 per sq km (156 per sq mi). The majority of the population lives in the western portion of the country.
It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 53% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital and largest city, Tegucigalpa, had a population of 919,000 in that year. San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city, had an estimated population of 450,000; La Ceiba, 71,600; and El Progreso, 63,400. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was 4.2%.