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Census: Big Island Sees 1.2 Percent Population Growth

March 24, 2016, 1:01 PM HST
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File photo by Jamilia Epping.

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Hawai’i County’s population rose by 1.2 percent between July 2014 and July 2015, according to new statistics released by the United States Census Bureau.

Census data shows the latest population number for the Big Island as 196,428 individuals, a growth from 2014 numbers of 194,016.

The county had one of the highest population growth rates in the state, just behind Kauai County with a 1.5 percent increase in population, up to 71,735 in 2015 from 70,672 in 2014.

On the Big Island, Census data shows that the population is increasing by seven individuals daily. This number includes seven births per day, five deaths, and a net total of migration both international and domestic of four.

Between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015, the most recent Census statistics, Hawai’i County was home to 13.7 percent of the state’s total population of 1,431,603.

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Hawai’i grew by 0.8 percent between 2014 and 2015, increasing the population by 31 on a daily basis. The state’s growth was aided by 53 state-wide births and a net total of eight migrating per day. Hawai’i’s net migration total include 19 loses, or those moving away from the state, and 28 international migrators. There were 32 deaths per day state-wide.

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The City and County of Honolulu increased its population by 0.7 percent between 2014 and 2015 to 998,714, while Maui County saw a 0.8 percent increase to 164,726 in 2015.

The latest Census statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Hawai’i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism’s Research and Economic Analysis Division.

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