Census: Population on Hawaii’s Oahu has fallen by 62,000

HONOLULU — New census figures indicate the population on Hawaii’s island of Oahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years.

Census data from 2010 to 2018 shows Oahu’s overall population decreased by 62,000, or nearly 7,500 more annually than new residents gained by the island.

Net migration loss on Oahu from 2016 to 2017 was more than 14,000, while about 13,000 more residents departed than arrived between 2017 and 2018.

No other county in the islands experienced a population drop close to Oahu’s Honolulu County, with only Maui County showing a net migration loss.

Military deployment, high cost of living and opportunities in the nation’s mainland states were considered likely factors.

The state population also fell from nearly 1.43 million in 2016 to 1.42 million in 2018.

  1. randy kansas April 26, 2019 4:46 am Reply

    those pesky tourists…. are they the ones leaving their rusted cars and old refrigerators on the side of the road? their cigarette butts in the county parks?


  2. I saw a Vampire once April 26, 2019 8:32 pm Reply

    A lot. How and when will the population grow?

  3. harry oyama April 27, 2019 5:04 am Reply

    These migrations seems to be local residents moving to the mainland for better economic opportunities and escape the high burden of taxation and way too expensive housing. Hawaii is quickly becoming a welfare State where a high number of State, County retirees are overwheliming the social programs that can no longer be sustained by its shrinking workforce.

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