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 Kahaluu and Hawaiian Beaches, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Hawaii for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Schofield Barracks (Homes For Sale)
- Kapolei (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hawaiian Paradise Park (Homes For Sale)
- Hanamaulu (Homes For Sale)
- Kalaoa (Homes For Sale)
- Hickam Housing (Homes For Sale)
- Kahului (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Makakilo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lahaina (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Ocean Pointe, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 58 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Ocean Pointe
2. Schofield Barracks
Population: 20,330 Population 2010: 12,044
Growth Rate: 68.8%
Absolute Growth: 8,286
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Population: 19,206 Population 2010: 12,043
Growth Rate: 59.48%
Absolute Growth: 7,163
More on Kapolei: Homes For Sale | Data
Kapolei is a master-planned community in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, on the island of Oahu. It is colloquially known as the “second city” of Oahu, in relation to Honolulu. Officially, it is a census-designated place (CDP) within the consolidated city-county of Honolulu.
4. Hawaiian Paradise Park
7. Hickam Housing
Population: 8,954 Population 2010: 7,011
Growth Rate: 27.71%
Absolute Growth: 1,943
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Population: 12,675 Population 2010: 10,678
Growth Rate: 18.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,997
More on Lahaina: Homes For Sale | Data
Lhain is the largest census-designated place (CDP) in West Maui, Maui County, Hawaii, United States, and includes the districts Ka’anapali and Kapalua beach resorts and they receive their mail adressed to Lahaina. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a resident population of 11,704. Lahaina encompasses the coast along Hawaii Route 30 from a tunnel at the south end, through Olowalu, and to the CDP of Napili-Honokowai to the north. During the tourist season, the population can swell to nearly 40,000 people.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Hawaii are led by Ocean Pointe which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Hawaii reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Hawaii
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Hawaii
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii
|4||Hawaiian Paradise Park||50.3%|
|19||Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)||10.2%|
|29||Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)||4.3%|
|38||Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)||-0.1%|
|51||West Loch Estate||-5.8%|