Hawaii County Demographics

Hawaii County is home to approximately 194,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 data.


The Big Island (Hawaii County) is the fastest growing county in the state of Hawaii. Between 2010 and 2014, Hawaii County's population grew by nearly 5%. From 2013 to 2014, the Big Island saw a population jump of 1.5%, a total of 2,781 new residents.

In spite of continued growth, most areas of the Big Island have a small town feel and you can't travel far from Kailua-Kona or Hilo before you're reminded just how vast the Big Island's agricultural and conservation lands really are (see map). 

According to the 2010 Census, the Big Island has 87 square miles of urban land where approximately 115,000 people reside (an average of 1,300 people every square mile) and 3,942 square miles of rural land where just over 70,000 people reside (an average of 18 people every square mile). 

The 2010 Census identifies these "urban clusters" (at least 2,500 but less than 50,000 people) in Hawaii County:

  • Hilo - 43,925 residents
  • Kailua/Holualoa - 28,850 residents
  • Hawaiian Paradise Park - 20,503 residents
  • Waimea (Kamuela) - 6,960 residents
  • Captain Cook - 4,175 residents
  • Waikoloa Village - 4,098 residents
  • Kapaau - 3,597 residents
  • Honokaa - 2,667 residents

For more in-depth research, visit census.hawaii.gov or access the State of Hawaii Data Book, published by the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

To start your property search in or near one of the communities listed above, use the Location section of our Advanced Search to choose a District, Town or Zip Code along with your other criteria. To learn more about the different areas of the Big Island, visit our Communities page.

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