These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii


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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:

  1. Ocean Pointe
  2. Schofield Barracks
  3. Hawaiian Paradise Park
  4. Kapolei
  5. Pupukea
  6. Hickam Housing
  7. Kalaoa
  8. Maili
  9. Makakilo
  10. Kihei

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.

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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]

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1. Ocean Pointe


Population 2014: 10,502
Population 2010: 6,078
Growth Rate: 72.79%
Absolute Growth: 4,424

2. Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,525
Population 2010: 12,044
Growth Rate: 62.11%
Absolute Growth: 7,481

3. Hawaiian Paradise Park

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,623
Population 2010: 7,842
Growth Rate: 48.21%
Absolute Growth: 3,781

4. Kapolei

Kapolei, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,890
Population 2010: 12,043
Growth Rate: 40.25%
Absolute Growth: 4,847

5. Pupukea

Pupukea, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,498
Population 2010: 4,407
Growth Rate: 24.76%
Absolute Growth: 1,091

6. Hickam Housing

Hickam Housing, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,573
Population 2010: 7,011
Growth Rate: 22.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,562

7. Kalaoa


Population 2014: 10,257
Population 2010: 8,669
Growth Rate: 18.32%
Absolute Growth: 1,588

8. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,399
Population 2010: 8,065
Growth Rate: 16.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,334

9. Makakilo

Makakilo, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,819
Population 2010: 17,116
Growth Rate: 15.79%
Absolute Growth: 2,703

10. Kihei

Kihei, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

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!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Ocean Pointe 1 10,502 6,078 4,424 72.8%
Schofield Barracks 2 19,525 12,044 7,481 62.1%
Hawaiian Paradise Park 3 11,623 7,842 3,781 48.2%
Kapolei 4 16,890 12,043 4,847 40.2%
Pupukea 5 5,498 4,407 1,091 24.8%
Hickam Housing 6 8,573 7,011 1,562 22.3%
Kalaoa 7 10,257 8,669 1,588 18.3%
Maili 8 9,399 8,065 1,334 16.5%
Makakilo 9 19,819 17,116 2,703 15.8%
Kihei 10 22,314 19,855 2,459 12.4%
Makaha 11 8,663 7,713 950 12.3%
Whitmore Village 12 5,254 4,678 576 12.3%
Lahaina 13 11,941 10,678 1,263 11.8%
Kaneohe Station 14 11,342 10,191 1,151 11.3%
Waikoloa Village 15 6,841 6,176 665 10.8%
Kahului 16 27,339 24,712 2,627 10.6%
Ewa Villages 17 7,141 6,477 664 10.3%
Aiea 18 9,181 8,417 764 9.1%
West Loch Estate 19 5,971 5,501 470 8.5%
Pearl City 20 47,277 44,502 2,775 6.2%
Ewa Gentry 21 22,663 21,476 1,187 5.5%
Kapaa 22 10,582 10,060 522 5.2%
Urban Honolulu 23 345,130 330,749 14,381 4.3%
Wailuku 24 16,196 15,525 671 4.3%
Waihee-Waiehu 25 9,663 9,265 398 4.3%
Halawa 26 14,363 13,884 479 3.5%
Waikele 27 7,868 7,693 175 2.3%
Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 28 39,353 38,541 812 2.1%
Wailua Homesteads 29 5,521 5,427 94 1.7%
Wahiawa 30 17,473 17,208 265 1.5%
Mililani Mauka 31 21,051 20,798 253 1.2%
Waipahu 32 40,532 40,221 311 0.8%
Waianae 33 12,694 12,639 55 0.4%
Pukalani 34 8,067 8,075 -8 -0.1%
East Honolulu 35 48,926 49,016 -90 -0.2%
Kula 36 6,687 6,720 -33 -0.5%
Napili-Honokowai 37 6,491 6,561 -70 -1.1%
Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 38 9,642 9,776 -134 -1.4%
Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 39 12,727 13,059 -332 -2.5%
Kaneohe 40 33,443 34,401 -958 -2.8%
Makawao 41 6,674 6,905 -231 -3.3%
Nanakuli 42 12,181 12,654 -473 -3.7%
Laie 43 5,447 5,673 -226 -4.0%
Haiku-Pauwela 44 7,689 8,021 -332 -4.1%
Mililani Town 45 28,217 29,542 -1,325 -4.5%
Royal Kunia 46 14,779 15,591 -812 -5.2%
Wailea 47 6,107 6,483 -376 -5.8%
Lihue 48 6,955 7,387 -432 -5.8%
Holualoa 49 9,098 9,703 -605 -6.2%
Ewa Beach 50 14,291 15,294 -1,003 -6.6%
Hilo 51 44,549 48,795 -4,246 -8.7%
Waipio 52 11,424 12,583 -1,159 -9.2%
Waimalu 53 12,680 14,163 -1,483 -10.5%
Ahuimanu 54 8,728 9,760 -1,032 -10.6%
Waimanalo 55 5,807 6,581 -774 -11.8%

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