Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Hawaii everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the 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 West Loch Estate and Kalaheo, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Hawaii for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Ocean Pointe ranks as the fastest growing city in Hawaii. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Hawaii state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2020

Ocean Pointe, HI

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Population: 14,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,078
Percent Growth 130.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,959
More on Ocean Pointe: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Kapolei, HI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 21,474
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,043
Percent Growth 78.3%
Absolute Growth: 9,431
More on Kapolei: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 within the consolidated city-county of Honolulu.

Schofield Barracks, HI

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,796
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,044
Percent Growth 64.4%
Absolute Growth: 7,752
More on Schofield Barracks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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Population: 11,479
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,842
Percent Growth 46.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,637
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 5,422
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,891
Percent Growth 39.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,531
More on Hanamaulu: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 11,604
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,669
Percent Growth 33.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,935
More on Kalaoa: Homes For Sale | Data

Maili, HI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,792
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,065
Percent Growth 33.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,727
More on Maili: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hickam Housing, HI

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,258
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,011
Percent Growth 32.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,247
More on Hickam Housing: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Kahului, HI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 32,312
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 24,712
Percent Growth 30.8%
Absolute Growth: 7,600
More on Kahului: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Lahaina, HI

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,103
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 10,678
Percent Growth 22.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,425
More on Lahaina: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Lhain is the largest census-designated place 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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Aloha State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 56 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:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Hawaii with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Hawaii Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Hawaii, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Ahuimanu
  2. Wailea
  3. Waipio

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Ocean Pointe 130.9% 14,037 6,078
2 Kapolei 78.3% 21,474 12,043
3 Schofield Barracks 64.4% 19,796 12,044
4 Hawaiian Paradise Park 46.4% 11,479 7,842
5 Hanamaulu 39.3% 5,422 3,891
6 Kalaoa 33.9% 11,604 8,669
7 Maili 33.8% 10,792 8,065
8 Hickam Housing 32.0% 9,258 7,011
9 Kahului 30.8% 32,312 24,712
10 Lahaina 22.7% 13,103 10,678

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About Chris Kolmar

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