Hilo, HI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hilo, Hawaii - Basic Facts

The Hilo Census Designated Place had a population of 44,363 as of July 1, 2015. Hilo ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Hawaii. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Hilo is located at latitude 19.6924 and longitude -155.0845 in Hawaii County. The formal boundaries for the Hilo Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 53.39 sq. miles and a water area of 4.89 sq. miles. Hawaii County is in the Hawaii time zone (GMT -10). The elevation is 20 feet.

The Hilo Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2414042) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hilo population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hilo: Hido.

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Hilo, HI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 44,363
Population in Households 42,657
Population in Familes 33,623
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,706
Population Density1 831
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 15,993
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 10,573
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,657 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,818 (55.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,175 (35.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,664 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $311,300
Average Home Value $360,946


Median Household Income $47,737
Average Household Income $63,466
Per Capita Income $23,164
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.73%
Households 0.62% 0.79%
Families 0.52% 0.72%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   2.44%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Hilo, HI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hilo to the other 151 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Hawaii by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 98th
Population Density1 # 80 48th
Diversity Index2 # 38 77th
Median Household Income # 126 17th
Per Capita Income # 99 35th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Hawaii Census Data Comparison Tool.