Survey offers glimpse into life on Maui

The typical Maui County family earns $71,311 annually, consists of 3.64 people and spends about 21 minutes traveling to work, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released Thursday.

The 2012 American Community Survey is an ongoing report that provides data annually on how Americans live to give communities current information to help them plan investments and services, the Census Bureau said.

The survey asked residents about their age, sex, race, family and relationships, incomes and benefits, education, veteran status, disabilities and place of residence. Estimates are drawn based on the 2010 Census and information gathered throughout 2012, the Census Bureau said.

The information can be broken down into smaller geographic centers with populations of 65,000 or more. A search for information for Maui County in two reports provided general profiles of the people living and working in the community.

In the report for 2012, Maui County had an estimated population of 155,283 with 52,120 households, defined as all people who reside in a housing unit. Of those households, more than two-thirds were family households with related members and almost half were married-couple families, the report said.

The average household size was 2.98 people and the average family size, 3.64.

An estimated 7,000 grandparents lived with their grandchildren under age 18, and 15.4 percent of them were responsible for their grandchildren.

The number of men and women 15 years and older was nearly identical – 64,282 men and 64,260 women. Of the men, 52 percent were in a marriage, 35.5 percent were never married and 10.8 percent were divorced. For women, 49.4 percent were in a marriage, 25.8 percent were never married and 13.1 percent were divorced.

An estimated 2,503 women between age 15 and 50 gave birth within the previous 12 months, and 42.9 percent of those women were unmarried, either widowed, divorced or never married.

The median family income was $71,311 annually with the largest percentages of families earning $50,000 to $74,999 (19.3 percent), $75,000 to $99,999 (16.6 percent) and $100,000 to $149,999 (18.4 percent).

The median household income adjusted for inflation was $61,207 annually with the largest income groups mirroring family incomes.

The report also showed nearly 8,000 households, or 15.2 percent, receiving food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in the previous year. The percentage of people whose income fell below the poverty level was 8.6 percent.

The arts, entertainment and recreation and accommodation and food services category, not surprisingly due to the mainstay visitor industry, was the highest occupational category at 22.9 percent of workers 16 years and older. That category was followed by educational services and health care and social assistance at 17.8 percent and retail trade at 13.2 percent.

More than three-fourths of the estimated 79,258 workers were employed in the private sector, compared to 13.6 percent for the government.

Looking at the educational qualifications of the workforce, for those 25 years and older, 90.1 percent were high school graduates or higher and 23.9 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Other tidbits in the report:

* The average travel time to work was 20.9 minutes with 68.4 percent of commuters driving. Some 15 percent carpooled, 4.6 percent walked to work and 2.3 percent took public transportation.

* The vast majority, or 90.6 percent, of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population in the county had health insurance – 71.1 percent with private sources and 30.7 percent on the public system.

* Of the 158,226 total county population, 82 percent of county residents were born in the United States, with a little more than half Hawaii-born.

* There were an estimated 28,526 foreign-born people in the county with 43 percent not American citizens. More than half of the foreign-born population was naturalized.

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* Lee Imada can be reached at