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The Kapaau CDP(1) had a population of 1,832 as of July 1, 2021. Kapaau 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 Kapaau is located at latitude 20.2301 and longitude -155.7984 in Hawaii County. The formal boundaries for the Kapaau Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 2.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Hawaii County is in the Hawaii time zone (GMT -10). The elevation is 486 feet.

The Kapaau Census Designated Place 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 Kapaau Census Designated Place is located within North Kohala Division of Hawaii County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Kapaau, HI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 1,832 (100%)
Population in Households 1,806 (98.6%)
Population in Families 1,509 (82.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 26 ( 1.4%)
Population Density 637
Diversity Index2 90


Median Household Income $65,690
Average Household Income $83,359
% of Income for Mortgage4 26%
Per Capita Income $27,878
Wealth Index5 80


Total HU (Housing Units) 705 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 423 (60.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 188 (26.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 94 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $400,000
Average Home Value $487,441
Housing Affordability Index3 106


Total Households 611
Average Household Size 2.96
Family Households 427
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.49% 0.69%
Households 0.4% 0.71%
Families 0.32% 0.69%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.96%
Owner Occupied HU   0.84%

Kapaau, HI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kapaau to the other 151 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Hawaii by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 99 35th
Population Density # 90 41st
Median Household Income # 104 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 129 85th
Per Capita Income # 97 36th
Diversity Index # 12 93rd

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