Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Urban Honolulu and East Honolulu, while others want peace and quiet like in Whitmore Village and Laie, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Hawaii have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Aloha State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- Ocean Pointe
- Schofield Barracks
- Hawaiian Paradise Park
- Hickam Housing
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Hawaii are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Aloha State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 55 Hawaii cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Aloha State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Ocean Pointe
Population 2014: 10,502 Population 2010: 6,078
Growth Rate: 72.79%
Absolute Growth: 4,424
2. Schofield Barracks
Population: 19,525 Population 2010: 12,044
Growth Rate: 62.11%
Absolute Growth: 7,481
3. Hawaiian Paradise Park
Population: 11,623 Population 2010: 7,842
Growth Rate: 48.21%
Absolute Growth: 3,781
Population: 16,890 Population 2010: 12,043
Growth Rate: 40.25%
Absolute Growth: 4,847
Population: 5,498 Population 2010: 4,407
Growth Rate: 24.76%
Absolute Growth: 1,091
6. Hickam Housing
Population: 8,573 Population 2010: 7,011
Growth Rate: 22.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,562
Population 2014: 10,257 Population 2010: 8,669
Growth Rate: 18.32%
Absolute Growth: 1,588
Population: 9,399 Population 2010: 8,065
Growth Rate: 16.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,334
Population: 19,819 Population 2010: 17,116
Growth Rate: 15.79%
Absolute Growth: 2,703
Population: 22,314 Population 2010: 19,855
Growth Rate: 12.38%
Absolute Growth: 2,459
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Hawaii are led by Ocean Pointe which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Hawaii reading , check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii
|Hawaiian Paradise Park||3|
|West Loch Estate||19|
|Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)||28|
|Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)||38|
|Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)||39|