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State population grew slightly from 2010 to 2012

March 18, 2013
By OSKAR GARCIA , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - A state analysis of new U.S. Census data shows Hawaii's - and Maui County's - population grew by 1 percent per year in the two years spanning mid-2010 through mid-2012, with growth distributed relatively evenly throughout the islands.

The analysis released Thursday by the research division of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Department said that Hawaii gained people through births and immigration. At the same time, the state lost population through deaths and people moving to other U.S. states.

Annual growth was 1 percent in all counties except Kauai, which grew at an annual rate of 0.9 percent during the two-year span.

On July 1, Hawaii's population was just under 1.4 million.

Officials say that the population breakdown among Hawaii's counties remained the same in 2012 as in 2010. Honolulu County accounts for 70.1 percent of the state's population, while Hawaii County has 13.6 percent, Maui County has 11.4 percent and Kauai County has 4.9 percent.

On average, Hawaii gained 39 people per day.

A average yearly breakdown of births, deaths and immigration in the state showed:

* 18,581 births per year.

* 10,076 deaths per year.

* 7,753 net migrants from other countries to Hawaii.

* 1,947 net migrants from Hawaii to other U.S. states.

As of July 1, Honolulu ranked as the 44th most populous county in the United States, among 3,143 counties.

The second smallest county in the U.S. was Hawaii's Kalawao, a remote peninsula on Molokai that's only accessible by plane or mule and is home to Kalaupapa, a former leprosy settlement.



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