Census Figures Show Hawaii Population Growth Holding Steady
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by Dave Smith
The latest population estimates from the US Census Bureau show Hawaii’s growth in 2010-2012 holding steady to the same pace as seen through the last decade.
The figures indicate that the state’s population grew from 1,364,274 on July 1, 2010 to an estimated 1,392,313 as of July 1, 2012. That’s a 2.1% increase, or slightly more than 1.0% per year, according to a press release from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
By comparison, from 2000 to 2010, the state added about 129,000 people for an increase of 10.7% for the decade.
Growth among the state’s counties was similar for the period from July 2010 to July 2012 with the population of Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties each growing by 2.1%. Kauai’s population grew by 1.8% during that time.
Hawaii County’s population was estimated at 189,191 in mid-2012, up from 185,079 two years earlier.
Other estimated 2012 population figures include Honolulu County at 976,372, Maui at 158,316 and Kauai at 68,434.
While Hawaii is the only state in the country without incorporated cities, the population of urban Honolulu’s census-designated place ranked it 54th in size in the nation with a population of 345,610 in 2012. That’s down slightly from its 53rd ranking in 2010.
Cities in Texas are leading the nation in growth, according to the census figures released today.
Eight of the list of the 15 fastest-growing large US cities and towns were located in the Lone Star State. No other state had more than one city on the list.
With 8.3 million residents in 2012, New York remains the nation’s most populous city by a wide margin, followed by Los Angeles with 3.9 million and Chicago with 2.7 million. Houston was fourth with 2.2 million people and Philadelphia fifth with 1.5 million people.