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.