Honolulu Population

Honolulu Population


Honolulu County has a large and diverse population consisting of 905,034 people, (July 2008.) The island of Oahu contains three quarters of the inhabitants of the eight major Hawaiian Islands. What is surprising is that native Hawaiians are a minority in their own home islands. (The original population of the Hawaiian Islands was estimated to be between 100,000 and 300,000 before 1800. By 1900, there were only 40,000 Hawaiian descendents remaining. This was the devastating result of diseases brought by Westerners to a people with no natural resistance.)

According to a U.S. Census American Community Survey for Honolulu County in 2008, only 8.5% of Honolulu’s population was Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander while 25.7% were white and 44.6% were Asian. Hispanics and Latinos made up 7.9% and 16.7% comprised individuals who were two or more races. American Indians and Native Alaskan were 0.6% of the population.

The military has a large presence on the island of Oahu. Service members and personnel make up a population of almost 100,000 on seven military installations: Heckam Air Force Base, Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Tripler Medical Center, two Coast Guard bases, Hawaii Marine Corps Base, and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Naval Station.

Honolulu contains 48% of the county’s population followed by 17% that reside in central Oahu. In comparison, only 2% of the population live on the North Shore. Besides permanent residents, there are 200,000 tourists on the island at any one time.

At $39,653, per capita personal income is higher in Honolulu than the Hawaiian State or U.S. average. Honolulu has the nation’s highest cost of living because everything that comes into the island is slapped with excise taxes. But on the plus side, Honolulu was the highest ranked U.S. city on the 2009 Mercer Survey of Quality of Living Global City Rankings, coming in at #29. (Washington D.C. and New York City were #44 and #49.)





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