Honolulu, Hawaii Population 2022

353,706
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Honolulu is a city located in Honolulu County Hawaii. It is also the county seat of Honolulu County. With a 2020 population of 353,706, it is the largest city in Hawaii and the 54th largest city in the United States. Honolulu is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 0.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 350,964 in 2020. Spanning over 68 miles, Honolulu has a population density of 5,842 people per square mile.

The average household income in Honolulu is $97,456 with a poverty rate of 10.69%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,520 per month, and the median house value is $707,400. The median age in Honolulu is 41.5 years, 39.6 years for males, and 43.7 years for females.

Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu and is a significant gateway both to Hawaii and the United States, as well as a major tourist destination. Honolulu is the westernmost and southernmost major U.S. city.

Honolulu is a major hub for military defense, international business, and travel. It is also the only Hawaiian city with a population greater than 50,000. At the last census in 2010, Honolulu's population was 390,700, which is believed to have grown to 402,500. This makes Honolulu the 46th most populous city in the United States, with a metropolitan area boasting a population of 955,000.

Honolulu Diversity

Asian Americans are the majority in Honolulu. The largest ethnic groups include Japanese (20%), Filipinos (13%), Chinese (10%), Koreans (4%), Vietnamese (2%) and Asian Indians (0.3%). Those of just Native Hawaiian ancestry is just 3.2% of the population today. Samoan Americans account for 1.5% of Honolulu's population, Marshallese people account for 0.5%, and Tongan people make up 0.3% of the population. Hawaii is the only U.S. state with an Asian majority.

Honolulu Population Growth

According to the last census, the population of the island of Oahu, on which Honolulu is located, grew 8.8% from 2000 to 2010. By 2030, the state as a whole is projected to have a population of 1.47 million, up more than 9% from the 2010 population of 1.34 million.

Honolulu itself is growing more slowly. After double-digit growth from 1900 to 1980, the city posted flat growth in 1990. Since then, growth has been much slower for several reasons. Among them, it is one of the most expensive rental markets in the United States. Honolulu's population is expected to continue its modest growth that lags behind the other Hawaiian Islands.

Honolulu was first inhabited by original Polynesian migrants, who lived in the area as far back as the 11th century. When Kamehameha I conquered Oahu, the royal court was moved from Hawaii to the island of Waikiki in 1804 and was moved again in 1809 to what is now Honolulu. The capital was moved again just three years later to Kailua-Kona.

The first foreigner to reach Honolulu Harbor was Captain William Brown of Great Britain in 1794, with many more ships following to create a focal area for merchant ships sailing between Asia and North America.

Kamehameha III moved the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom again in 1845 from Lahaina to Honolulu. The area transformed into a modern metropolis, and it became the commerce center for all of the islands.

Through the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, Honolulu had a turbulent history, including the overthrowing of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and annexation by the U.S. in 1898. In 1941, the Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, was attacked by the Japanese, which gained the city historical recognition. Despite this, Honolulu remains the largest city of Hawaii and the main airport and seaport.

Today, more than 7.6 million people visit the Hawaiian Islands, with most entering through the Honolulu International Airport.

Honolulu Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Honoluluwas:

  • Asian: 53.09%
  • Two or more races: 18.58%
  • White: 16.93%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 8.28%
  • Black or African American: 1.98%
  • Other race: 0.99%
  • Native American: 0.15%
The current population of Honolulu, Hawaii is 353,706 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 350,964.

Honolulu, Hawaii Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White58,77916.93%
Black or African American6,8581.98%
American Indian and Alaska Native5350.15%
Asian184,31353.09%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander28,7508.28%
Some Other Race3,4320.99%
Two or More Races64,51418.58%
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Honolulu Population by Race

Honolulu Population Pyramid 2022

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Honolulu Median Age

41.7


Total

39.8


Male

43.8


Female

Honolulu Adults

There are 287,279 adults, (70,840 of whom are seniors) in Honolulu.

Honolulu Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Honolulu Sex Ratio

Female

173,064

49.85%

Male

174,117

50.15%

Honolulu Population by Age

Honolulu Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Honolulu Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married55.8%44.2%
All46.3%53.7%
Female45.6%54.4%
Male45%55%
Non Family37.4%62.6%

46.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Honolulu Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All131,0812.5546.3
Married53,6863.4955.8
Male6,9913.3345
Female15,0333.5845.6
Non Family55,3711.2637.4

3.34

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

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Honolulu Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,3725.17%
9th to 12th Grade12,8894.99%
High School Graduate60,32623.34%
Some College47,04918.20%
Associates Degree27,15010.50%
Bachelors Degree61,77223.90%
Graduate Degree35,89813.89%
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Honolulu Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Honolulu Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White42,30741,43123,049
Native American426389186
Other Race2,7252,5981,024
Asian149,142129,37555,910
2+ Races37,05134,67511,588
Black5,0074,7601,559
Hispanic14,27113,2634,253
Islander18,14315,5063,055

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 54.48%.

Honolulu Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,247$49,114$38,922
Less Than 9th Grade$26,652$31,596$22,070
High School Graduate$32,787$37,391$27,551
Some College$40,183$46,027$35,130
Bachelors Degree$51,233$58,485$45,833
Graduate Degree$72,850$78,230$65,606

$43,247

Average Earnings

$49,114

Average Male

$38,922

Average Female

Honolulu Earnings by Educational Attainment

Honolulu Language by Age

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Honolulu Language

64.42% of Honolulu residents speak only English, while 35.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 32.49% of the population.

Honolulu Language

Honolulu Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander27,7308,26929.82%
Native41910124.11%
Hispanic23,9062,69511.27%
White50,4595,09510.10%
Black6,5476109.32%
Asian180,26415,1978.43%
Other306NaN%
Multiple61,9215,6109.06%

10.69%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.38%

Male Poverty Rate

12.00%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Honolulu

The race most likely to be in poverty in Honolulu is Islander, with 29.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Honolulu is Multiple, with 9.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.65%.

Honolulu Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.43%
High School13.57%
Some College8.85%
Bachelors or Greater5.16%

Honolulu Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed4.06%
Male Unemployed24.06%
Female Employed5.19%
Female Unemployed22.83%

Honolulu Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Honolulu Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$72,454$99,703
Families$92,019$120,399
Married Families$104,916$134,875
Non Families$48,636$65,248
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Income by Household Type

Honolulu Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.8%

Male Marriage Rate

44.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Honolulu Married by Age and Sex

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Honolulu 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.

Honolulu Marital Status by Race

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Honolulu Marital Status

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20,551

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War6,213
First Gulf War3,636
Vietnam6,695
Korea1,687
World War II839

Honolulu Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 343,383
35 to 544,019
55 to 642,546
65 to 744,644
75+5,959

Honolulu Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,91914.41%
Black1,55036.40%
Native American306.62%
Asian8,4865.29%
Islander9854.66%
Other Race39014.25%
2+ Races2,1915.08%
Hispanic1,2457.61%

Honolulu Veterans by Race

Honolulu Veterans by Education

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6.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Honolulu Veterans by Education

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65.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.2%

Employment Rate

4.2%

Unemployment Rate

Honolulu Employment by Age

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Honolulu Employment by Race

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Honolulu Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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49.13%

Born in Honolulu

72.49%

Native Born

27.51%

Foreign Born

11.95%

Non Citizen

15.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.49% of Honolulu residents were born in the United States, with 49.13% having been born in Hawaii. 11.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Honolulu Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
187014,0000.00%
188017,0003,0001.96%
189022,9005,9003.02%
190039,30616,4065.55%
191052,18312,8772.87%
192083,32731,1444.79%
1930137,58254,2555.14%
1940179,32641,7442.69%
1950248,03468,7083.30%
1960294,19446,1601.72%
1970324,87130,6771.00%
1980365,04840,1771.17%
1990365,2722240.01%
2000371,6576,3850.17%
2010337,256-34,401-0.97%
2011338,6271,3710.41%
2012339,9981,3710.40%
2013341,3691,3710.40%
2014342,7401,3710.40%
2015344,1111,3710.40%
2016345,4821,3710.40%
2017346,8531,3710.40%
2018348,2241,3710.40%
2019349,5951,3710.39%
2020350,9641,3690.39%
2021352,3351,3710.39%
2022353,7061,3710.39%

Honolulu Population by Year