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February 13, 2008

Hawaii Snapshot

Hawaii in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus Snapshot

Hawaii, which is holding caucuses on Feb. 19, had a 2007 population of about 1.3 million. It includes a higher percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders and a higher percentage of Asians than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About half (51 percent) of Hawaii’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, compared to the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Hawaii’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Hawaii U.S.
Median age 37.3 36.4
Women 50.0% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 24.7% 66.4%
Black alone 2.5% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 7.8% 14.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders alone 9.1% 0.2%
Asian alone 40.0% 4.4%
Median household income $61,160 $48,451
Foreign born 16.3% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 9.3% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 29.7% 27.0%
Median home value $529,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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