Central America

Map of Central America

Central America is an isthmus, or land bridge, that connects North America and South America.

There are seven countries in Central America including: Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Even though Central America is made up of seven countries, it is still smaller than the state of Alaska!

Around 42 million people live in Central America. Many Central American have MesoAmerican, European, or Africa heritage. The official language throughout Central America is Spanish except for in Belize, where it’s English.

Text by Sara El-Behiri & Yosefa Leora Kornwitz. Image CIA Factbook