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Hilo, Hawaii - Basic Facts

The Hilo Census Designated Place had a population of 46,958 as of July 1, 2019. 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 19.7225 and longitude -155.0868 in Hawaii County. The formal boundaries for the Hilo Census Designated Place 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.

Hawaii is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Hilo Census Designated Place is located within Hilo Division of Hawaii County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hilo: Hido.

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Hilo, HI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Hilo, HI Housing Affordability Index is 92
State of Hawaii Housing Affordability Index is 65
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Hilo, HI Wealth Index is 91
State of Hawaii Wealth Index is 124
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 46,958
Population in Households 45,146
Population in Familes 35,509
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,812
Population Density 880
Diversity Index1 87
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $55,054
Average Household Income $74,655
Per Capita Income $26,412
Wealth Index3 91

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 18,322 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,751 (58.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,807 (31.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,765 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $324,615
Housing Affordability Index2 92
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 16,557
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 10,993
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.89% 0.86%
Households 0.73% 0.83%
Families 0.72% 0.83%
Median Household Income   1.91%
Per Capita Income   1.84%

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, 2019 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 Density # 80 48th
Diversity Index # 38 76th
Median Household Income # 120 21st
Per Capita Income # 95 38th

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