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
- Schofield Barracks (Photos)
- Kapolei (Photos)
- Hawaiian Paradise Park
- Hickam Housing
- Kahului (Photos)
- Makakilo (Photos)
- Lahaina (Photos)
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.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
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
Population: 12,274 Population 2010: 6,078
Growth Rate: 101.94%
Absolute Growth: 6,196
2. Schofield Barracks
Population: 20,330 Population 2010: 12,044
Growth Rate: 68.8%
Absolute Growth: 8,286
Population: 19,206 Population 2010: 12,043
Growth Rate: 59.48%
Absolute Growth: 7,163
4. Hawaiian Paradise Park
Population: 11,787 Population 2010: 7,842
Growth Rate: 50.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,945
Population: 5,039 Population 2010: 3,891
Growth Rate: 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,148
Population: 11,198 Population 2010: 8,669
Growth Rate: 29.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,529
7. Hickam Housing
Population: 8,954 Population 2010: 7,011
Growth Rate: 27.71%
Absolute Growth: 1,943
Population: 30,164 Population 2010: 24,712
Growth Rate: 22.06%
Absolute Growth: 5,452
Population: 20,353 Population 2010: 17,116
Growth Rate: 18.91%
Absolute Growth: 3,237
Population: 12,675 Population 2010: 10,678
Growth Rate: 18.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,997
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:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Hawaii
- These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Hawaii
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii
|Hawaiian Paradise Park||4|
|Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)||19|
|Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)||29|
|Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)||38|
|West Loch Estate||51|