The average Hawaii household income grew by nearly 30% from 2000 to 2009, according to new Census data released yesterday. The increase was almost enough to keep up with inflation. In 2009, median household income in Hawaii was $64,661 a year. According to 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data, it was $49,820 a decade ago. The annual increase is about 2.64%. However, Honolulu's Consumer Price Index has been increasing at 2.87% a year.
The figures come from the Census Bureau's 2005-2009 American Community Survey estimates, released for the first time this week. "The ACS (American Community Survey) represents the first time such a massive compilation of data estimates for small geographic areas is available," Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said in a statement. After this initial survey, the information will be updated yearly.
As reported by the StarAdvertiser
, here are some highlights of the report.
*Richest neighborhood in the state? Makiki Heights, median household income $175,521
*2nd is Waialae Iki at $149,175, and 3rd Kahala, at $129,647
*Most educated? Manoa, followed by Punahou and Kapiolani Park, each with more than 60% of their populations holding college degrees
*Nine of the 10 richest neighborhoods in the state are on Oahu
*Of the 50 areas with family income of more than $100,000, 48 are on Oahu. The other two -- Spreckelsville and Wailea -- are on Maui.
*There are almost 25,000 more high school graduates than there were in 2000, and about 27,000 more people with bachelor's degrees.
*Hawaii's population increased 5.7% from 2000 to 2009, from 1,211,537 to 1,280,241. Whites saw the largest demographic jump. In 2000, there were 294,102 white residents in Hawaii, and by 2009, there were 344,681, a 17.1% increase. In 2000, there were 201,764 people with Japanese backgrounds, and by 2009, there were 187,797, a 6.9% decrease. The native Hawaiian population also dropped. In 2000, there were 80,137, but by 2009, there were 74,691, a 6.8% drop.
*Age data - the number of people 85 and over grew, from 17,564 to 26,234
*Housing units - Occupied units increased from 403,240 to 437,976. Vacant housing units also increased, from 57,302 to 67,111.
*People below the poverty level decreased from 10.7% to 9.4%
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