Nicaragua, located in Central America, is currently the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, following Haiti as the poorest. Nicaragua has had many devastating events take place that have slowed the development and prosperity of its people. Its capital city, Managua, has bore the brunt of many of these unfortunate events.
Managua is the largest city in the country with a population of 1,600,000 people. About half of Managua's population lives in poverty, which is sadly the lowest poverty rate in the country. Managua faces issues that much of the rest of the country faces, such as homelessness, extreme poverty, lack of education, illiteracy, crime, pollution, lack of development, ill-maintained roads plagued by poor conditions, political instability, political unrest, and unemployment. To make matters worse, Managua has had its own unique problems in addition to these issues.