What Is the Largest Country in Central America?

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The largest country in Central America is the Republic of Nicaragua. The country has an area of 49,998 square miles, making it about half the size of the state of New York.

Nicaragua is bordered by Costa Rica to the south, the Caribbean Sea to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Honduras to the north. The country is home to Lago de Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Central America.

As of July 2014, the country's population was 5,848,641.The country is considered one of the poorest in Central America, with a large number of migrant workers fleeing to Costa Rica and the United States for employment.