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Honolulu, Hawaii

The capital city of Hawaii is Honolulu (see the image below). This state is the 47th largest (6,423 square miles) and the 40th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. White is the second largest race after Asian in this state. Majority of occupations in Hawaii is management and professional (33.00%), followed by sales and office (26.30%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Hawaii is often referred to as the Aloha State, Paradise, Pineapple State and Paradise of the Pacific
  2. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of female population (49.50% while country median 50.80%)
  3. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of white population (26.60% vs. USA median 77.70%)
  4. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of production, transportation and material moving occupations (7.10% whereas country median 12.50%)
  5. Hawaii has one of the highest number of people working in service industry (22.50% compared to country median 17.10%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Hawaii population was 1,404,054 which ranks the 40th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Hawaii is Urban Honolulu. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.20%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Hawaii population represents only 0.44% of the USA’s whole population as depicted in the following chart.

Hawaii total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Hawaii (sortedin descending order):

  • Asian ethnicity 37.70%
  • White ancestry 26.60%
  • Others (two or more races) 23.10%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 10.00%
  • Black or African American 2.30%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40%

The following chart compares Hawaii population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Hawaii population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.50% of Hawaii population are under 5 years old, 21.90% are under 18 years and 15.60% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 25.70% of Hawaii population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.50% which is slightly less than male population. Hawaii female population number ranks the 48th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Hawaii and the USA.

Female and male population in Hawaii vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 90.30%, this is higher than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 29.60%, this is higher than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 58.20%, lower than national median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 10.80% which is lower than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Hawaii Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 0.18% of total land area
  • Hawaii has more population density than the USA average (211.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Hawaii is higher by 2.44 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Hawaii land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Hawaii USA
Land area (square miles) 6,422.63 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 211.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 81.3 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Hawaii unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.10% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Hawaii is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 23rd highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Hawaii based on Census 2010
Occupation Hawaii USA
Management or professional-related job 33.00% 34.90%
Service-related job 22.50% 17.10%
Sales and office job 26.30% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.80% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 10.40% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 7.10% 12.50%
Comparison of Hawaii Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Hawaii usually took more time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Hawaii was 25.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 0.90%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 1.30%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 47.20%, higher than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 9.50%, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 3.60%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 31.00%, higher than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Hawaii is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Hawaii USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 8,799,266 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 8,894,672 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 17,611,851 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 8,042,210 613,795,732
Hawaii Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $13,793.00, which is higher than US average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Hawaii was 2,993.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Hawaii has one of the highest life expectancy at birth (81 while country median 79)
  2. Hawaii has one of the highest number of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned firms (9.50% while country average 0.10%)
  3. Hawaii has one of the highest number of population with two or more races (23.10% while USA median 2.40%)
  4. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of homicide by firearm
  5. Hawaii has one of the highest number of native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (10.00% vs. USA average 0.20%)
  6. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of damages resulting from storm events (118,500 while country median 11,013,847)
  7. Hawaii has one of the lowest total value of manufacturers shipments, in $1000 ($8,799,266.00 while country average $5,319,456,312.00)
  8. Hawaii has one of the lowest number of white population excluding Hispanic and Latino (23.00% compared to country median 62.60%)
  9. Hawaii has one of the highest number of people per household (3 vs. USA average 3)
  10. Hawaii has one of the highest prices of owner-occupied housing units ($517,000.00 whereas national average $181,400.00)
  11. Hawaii has one of the highest number of Asian ethnicity (37.70% compared to national median 5.30%)
  12. Hawaii has one of the highest number of Asian-owned firms (47.20% whereas country average 5.70%)

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