San Pedro Sula, Cortes Department, Honduras

🇭🇳 San Pedro Sula is the capital of Cortés Department, Honduras. It is located in the north-west corner of the country in the Sula Valley. It is the nation's primary industrial centre and second largest city after the capital.

Economy In 2013, fifteen years after the effects of Hurricane Mitch, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America; around San Pedro Sula, banana production has not fully recovered, and "manufacturing has all but dried up". The problems are exacerbated by organised gangs, whose rules prevent residents from safely leaving gang-controlled neighbourhoods such as Chamelecón for jobs in other parts of town.

In 2000, then-Mayor Roberto Larios Silva said "San Pedro Sula is where the economic development of the country is concentrated via the city's industrial, commercial, and financial development". The then-manager of Hotel Copantl attributed its growth in business-related tourism to the apparel manufacturing industry. As of 2011, San Pedro Sula generated two-thirds of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

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San Pedro Sula is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.

San Pedro Sula is rated E+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. E+ cities are strong regional gateway cities. San Pedro Sula has a population of over 671,460 people. San Pedro Sula also forms the centre of the wider San Pedro Sula metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,445,598 people.

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