These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 Hawaiian Beaches and Hanamaulu, 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 2019 according to the most recent census data:

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.

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:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Aloha State for 2019

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 53 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 2019

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Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,579
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,078
Percent Growth 123.4%
Absolute Growth: 7,501
More on Ocean Pointe: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Kapolei, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,086
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,043
Percent Growth 75.1%
Absolute Growth: 9,043
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 20,229
Rank Last Year: 52 (Up 49)
Population 2010: 12,044
Percent Growth 68.0%
Absolute Growth: 8,185
More on Schofield Barracks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,564
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,842
Percent Growth 47.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,722
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,386
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 3,891
Percent Growth 38.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,495
More on Hanamaulu: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,107
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 8,669
Percent Growth 28.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,438
More on Kalaoa: Homes For Sale | Data

Hickam Housing, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 8,931
Rank Last Year: 52 (Up 45)
Population 2010: 7,011
Percent Growth 27.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,920
More on Hickam Housing: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Maili, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,190
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Population 2010: 8,065
Percent Growth 26.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,125
More on Maili: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,087
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,477
Percent Growth 24.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,610
More on Ewa Villages: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,302
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,258
Percent Growth 24.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,044
More on Hawaiian Beaches: Homes For Sale | Data

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. Holualoa

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Ocean Pointe 123.4% 13,579 6,078
2 Kapolei 75.1% 21,086 12,043
3 Schofield Barracks 68.0% 20,229 12,044
4 Hawaiian Paradise Park 47.5% 11,564 7,842
5 Hanamaulu 38.4% 5,386 3,891
6 Kalaoa 28.1% 11,107 8,669
7 Hickam Housing 27.4% 8,931 7,011
8 Maili 26.3% 10,190 8,065
9 Ewa Villages 24.9% 8,087 6,477
10 Hawaiian Beaches 24.5% 5,302 4,258

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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