Hawaii Population 2020


At the 2010 census the population of Hawaii was declared at a total of 1,360,301. Estimates of the population are produced in the years between censuses - and in 2015, this number had risen to 1,431,603.

This represents a 5.2% increase from the 1.36 million recorded during the 2010 Census.

Hawaiian Islands and Populations

There are eight major islands in Hawaii. Oahu is the largest, with a population of 953,207.

Next largest is Hawaii itself, holding 186,738 people, followed closely by Maui (144,444). The only other island with a sizeable population is Kauai (pop 66,921). The remaining islands are Molokai (7,345), Lanai (3,135), Niihau (170) and Kahoolawe (unpopulated).

Honolulu is the largest city and the largest county in Hawaii, home to an estimated 350,399 of Oahu's people in the city itself. The county of Honolulu contains nearly 1 million residents, however. There are no other cities with more than 50,000 people. The next largest city is Pearl City, which is home to 47,698 people.

Hawaiian Land Area and Population Density

Based on the most recent estimates, Hawaii is the 40th largest state in the union. Although small in terms of its population, Hawaii is big in terms of one area of census statistics – population density. In total, the islands make up 10,931 square miles (28,311 square kilometers) in surface area, which makes its density 222.9 people per square mile. This ranks it 13th in the US in population density.

Hawaii Gender and Religion Statistics

The median age in Hawaii is approximately 38.5 years of age, and the state has a slight gender gap with 49.8% females and 50.2% males residing in the state.

In religious terms, Hawaii stands at 63% Christianity based faiths, 10% non-Christian based faiths, and 26% unaffiliated to any particular faith.

Hawaii Statehood, Census, and Boundary History

Hawaii was an independent nation prior to being annexed by the United States in 1898; it was made a territory in 1900. On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted as a State and assumed its present boundaries, omitting certain small islands formerly included in the territory.

Census coverage has included the whole of Hawaii since 1900. The Hawaiian government conducted at least 9 censuses between 1850 and 1898.

Hawaii Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hawaii was:

  • Asian: 37.75%
  • White: 25.01%
  • Two or more races: 24.03%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 10.08%
  • Black or African American: 1.85%
  • Other race: 1.08%
  • Native American: 0.21%

Hawaii Population History

Although Hawaii only became a US state in 1959, there are population statistics dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. In 1900, the total number of citizens living on the islands was declared at 154,001 and just ten years later that had risen by 24.6% to 191,874.

The US census of 1960 was the first to include Hawaii in its statistics and by that point, the population had grown to 632,772, a 26.6% increase from the 1950 findings. From that stage, the numbers have continued to increase but the percentage increase decade by decade has slowed down. The 2010 figures represented a rise of 12.3% from the 2000 Census numbers.

Hawaii Population Growth

Hawaii has a healthy gap between birth and death rates and, when figures in this respect were released in 2005, they showed a net gain of 48,111 new Hawaiians in the five years from 2000. Net migration is also a contributory factor and using those figures in 2005 once again, they showed a gain of 16,956 new citizens compared to the statistics from 2000.

Hawaii Population Projections

Although the growth rate has slowed, it is projected that the population will continue to rise at a rate around 1% for the foreseeable future, with the population crossing the 1,500,000 mark by 2020 with Oahu growing at the slowest rate and the Big Island growing at the fastest.

There is a very wide range of cultures and ethnic groups within the population of Hawaii. Notably, there is a higher percentage of Asian Americans in Hawaii than in any other state. Hawaii also has the highest percentage of multiracial residents than any other state, and it has the lowest percentage of whites.

Hawaii is the only state to have Asians as its largest ethnic group, making this a majority-minority state. The Asian population is primarily Filipino, although there are also large populations of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean residents.

Approximately 75% of Hawaii's foreign-born population comes from Asia. The vast majority of residents -- over 82% -- were born in the United States. The state also a fairly large population of indigenous Hawaiians that make up almost 6% of the population.

Hawaii Growth Rate

Hawaii Population Rank

Hawaii Population 2020

Honolulu County

  • Population980,080
  • Density1631.88 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20102.49%
  • State Population Rank1
  • % of State69.00%

Growth in Hawaiian Counties

When breaking down population growth by county, it is easy to evaluate the data of Hawaii, as there are few counties within this state. Based on a comparison of data from the 2010 Census and estimates taken five years later by the US Census Bureau, it is shown that all of Hawaii's counties have shown continued population growth.

Kauai saw the highest rate of growth during this period, with an increase of 6.73%. This is followed by Maui County, with a population increase of 6.23%, Hawaii County with a growth of 5.99%, and Honolulu County posting 4.43% growth from 2010 to 2015.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Two or More Races341,75624.03%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander143,27410.08%
Black or African American26,2661.85%
Some Other Race15,2921.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,9870.21%

Hawaii Population Pyramid 2020

Hawaii Median Age







Hawaii Adults

There are 1,115,530 adults, (245,955 of whom are seniors) in Hawaii.

Hawaii Age Dependency


Age Dependency Ratio


Old Age Dependency Ratio


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Hawaii Households and Families

Hawaii Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Hawaii Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family48.1%51.9%


Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
Non Family137,7131.3348.1


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Unmarried (Opposite Sex)


Unmarried (Same Sex)

Hawaii Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade37,3983.78%
9th to 12th Grade43,2984.38%
High School Graduate273,63327.69%
Some College207,85621.03%
Associates Degree105,18610.64%
Bachelors Degree212,05321.45%
Graduate Degree108,94311.02%

Hawaii Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Multiple Races177,326166,72941,153
Other Race9,3938,1132,729
Native American2,3112,072656

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.88%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.69%.

Name Average Male Female
Less Than High School$26,333$29,098$22,943
High School Grad$32,466$37,295$28,874
Some College$39,242$45,303$32,899
Bachelors Degree$51,101$60,247$44,429
Graduate Degree$67,960$81,740$59,069


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Average Male


Average Female

Hawaii Language

Hawaii Language by Age

Hawaii Language

73.86% of Hawaii residents speak only English, while 26.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 22.22% of the population.

Hawaii Poverty

Hawaii Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate


Overall Poverty Rate


Male Poverty Rate


Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Hawaii

The race most likely to be in poverty in Hawaii is Native, with 24.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Hawaii is Asian, with 6.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.87%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.89%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.62%
High School11.71%
Some College7.81%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed25.03%
Male Unemployed23.49%
Female Employed5.01%
Male Employed3.98%

Hawaii Income

Hawaii Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Married Families$101,951$123,975
Non Families$43,679$61,076

Hawaii Marital Status

Hawaii Marital Status

Marriage Rates


Overall Marriage Rate


Male Marriage Rate


Female Marriage Rate

Hawaii Married by Age and Sex

Hawaii Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Hawaii Marital Status by Race

Hawaii Veterans


Number of Veterans


Male Veterans


Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War32,098
First Gulf War22,253
World War II4,409
Age Group Veterans
65 to 7425,612
35 to 5423,929
55 to 6417,559
18 to 3416,090
Name Veterans % of Total
2 or More15,4477.33%

$Hawaii Veterans by Education


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Hawaii Employment Status


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Unemployment Rate

Hawaii Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens


Born in Hawaii


Native Born


Foreign Born


Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.75% of Hawaii residents were born in the United States, with 53.30% having been born in Hawaii. 7.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.