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Maui One of the Youngest Counties in the State

June 27, 2014, 9:42 AM HST
* Updated June 27, 9:43 AM
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By Wendy Osher

Maui County is one of the youngest counties in the state according to new data released by the US Census Bureau.

The report shows that the median age in Maui County is 40 years old—that’s younger than Kauaʻi where the median was 41.5 and Hawaiʻi County where the median age was 41.3.

The oldest county in the state was Kalawao, which includes the community of Kalupapa on Molokaʻi, where 90 residents registered a median of 58.3 years, the report noted.

The youngest county was Honolulu at 36.8 years—it’s the only county in the state that came under the national median age of 37.5.

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The state as a whole was one of only six locations in the nation that became younger, with the median age dropping in Hawaiʻi, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alaska.

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The data examined population changes among groups by age, sex, and race between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013,

Over that period, the population in Maui County increased from 154,834 residents in 2010, to 160,202 in 2012.

Other highlights of the study included the following:

  • Hawaiʻi was the nation’s only majority-Asian state, with people of this group comprising 56.3% of the total population.
  • Hawaiʻi had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders of any state with a total of 366,000 in 2013, and the highest percentage of 26.1%.
  • Honolulu had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders of any county with 239,000 individuals in 2013; while Hawaiʻi County had the highest percentage at 34.4%.
  • Hawaiʻi was one of only 10 states where males made up the majority of the population at 50.5%.
  • Nationally, there were 6.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives; and 1.4 million Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.
  • In Hawaiʻi, the breakdown of race populations included the following: 790,998 Asians; 366,425 Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders; 323,463 Non-Hispanic single-race whites; 138,065 Hispanics; 51,454 Blacks; and 37,200 American Indians and Alaska Natives. (Race alone and in combination groups).
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