Hawaii Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Hawaii, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Hawaii

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Hawaii based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 96821 Honolulu County $192,403.00
2 96825 Honolulu County $160,772.00
3 96734 Honolulu County $150,748.00
4 96744 Honolulu County $142,887.00
5 96707 Honolulu County $137,865.00
6 96761 Maui County $132,908.00
7 96790 Maui County $129,884.00
8 96816 Honolulu County $128,103.00
9 96789 Honolulu County $126,663.00
10 96768 Maui County $126,163.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Hawaii.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Hawaii is $83,173.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Hawaii.

  • Under 25
    $50,606.00
  • 25 to 44
    $89,827.00
  • 45 to 64
    $102,150.00
  • 65 and over
    $75,602.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Hawaii?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Hawaii is $107,348.00.

12.77% of households in Hawaii are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Hawaii but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Hawaii

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Hawaii easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    12.48%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    15.06%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    15.03%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.69%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    19.70%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    11.27%
  • $200,000 or more
    12.77%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Hawaii. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Hawaii by the total number of people in Hawaii.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Hawaii and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Hawaii is $37,013.00.

Population in Hawaii by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Hawaii is currently 1,420,074 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Hawaii can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Hawaii.

  • 21.30% White
    310,216
  • 1.80% Black/African American
    26,521
  • 0.20% Native
    2,326
  • 10.90% Hispanic
    158,741
  • 36.70% Asian
    534,056
  • 9.80% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    142,973
  • 18.90% Two or more races
    275,435
  • 0.20% Other
    3,230

Population of Hawaii by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Hawaii is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 90,341 84,406
10 to 19 Years 86,654 80,868
20 to 29 Years 103,454 88,869
30 to 39 Years 102,604 97,401
40 to 49 Years 89,638 86,906
50 to 59 Years 90,728 89,633
60 to 69 Years 87,041 93,106
70 Years and over 81,712 100,137

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Hawaii.

  • Master's degree or higher
    13.25%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35.77%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9.66%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39.01%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.32%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Hawaii because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Hawaii look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Hawaii that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Hawaii that are over the age of 16 is 1,174,511 people.

The unemployment rate in Hawaii is 34.90%, which means 409,710 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Hawaii

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Hawaii. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Hawaii is 39.6 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Hawaii

39.6

Total

38.3

Male

40.9

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 478,413 households in Hawaii, and the average household size is 2.95 people.

For families, the total number is 330,912, and the average family size is 3.51 people.

6.50% of those families in Hawaii are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Hawaii in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $15,630.00
2 People $21,060.00
3 People $26,490.00
4 People $31,920.00
5 People $37,350.00
6 People $42,780.00
7 People $48,210.00
8 People $53,640.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Hawaii for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 244,142 27,420 59,350 147,501
Average Household Size 3.63 3.77 3.85 1.31
Total Families 244,142 27,420 59,350 0
Average Household Size 3.52 3.35 3.53 0

Housing Data in Hawaii

There are total of 556,937 housing units in Hawaii. Of those units, 478,413 (85.90%) are occupied, and 78,524 (14.10%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 556,937 housing units in Hawaii, 175,076 (31.44%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,755.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 52.40% of housing units, with 291,814 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Hawaii.

  • No rent paid
    11,523
  • Less than $500
    9,827
  • $500 to $999
    18,806
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    39,891
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    37,340
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    25,109
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    18,514
  • $3,000 or more
    25,589

Property Values

The median value of a property in Hawaii is $662,100.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Hawaii.

  • Less than $50,000
    2,882
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    3,554
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    4,123
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    5,076
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    17,545
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    60,276
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    144,742
  • $1,000,000 or more
    53,616

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Hawaii.

  • 1939 or earlier
    18,491
  • 1940 to 1949
    18,921
  • 1950 to 1959
    46,215
  • 1960 to 1969
    78,991
  • 1970 to 1979
    130,651
  • 1980 to 1989
    83,644
  • 1990 to 1999
    75,959
  • 2000 to 2009
    68,940
  • 2010 to 2013
    34,764
  • 2014 or later
    361

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Hawaii has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    37,988
  • 1 vehicle available
    157,200
  • 2 vehicles available
    170,420
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    112,805

Commuting to Work in Hawaii

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Hawaii, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 26.8 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Hawaii.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    14,344
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    61,642
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    87,980
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    96,518
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    91,990
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    34,819
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    111,458
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    16,318
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    25,587
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    58,220
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    42,559
  • 90 or more minutes
    16,916

We can also look at the means of transport in Hawaii to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    475,631
  • Carpooled
    95,425
  • Public transportation
    34,618
  • Walked
    31,226
  • Other means
    21,451
  • Worked from home
    49,254

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Hawaii.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Hawaii.

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