December 6, 2018. Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. During the 2013-2017 period, the Census Bureau surveyed a total of 47,719 households in Hawaii, an average of 9,544 households per year. Nine percent of Hawaii’s population were surveyed between this 2013 to 2017 period.
Data for smaller areas such as census tracts are only available from the 5-year dataset. Compared to the 2012-2016 five-year dataset, there were modifications to multiple health insurance tables, including a change to the classification of the age group for children; the category now includes age 18. For health insurance tables relating to employment and work experience, the working age population is now defined as ages 19 to 64. The 2013-2017 ACS dataset also includes new tables on computer and internet usage.
Hawaii data is available on our DBEDT website.
Narrative profiles down to the census tract are available from the the U.S. Census Bureau.
Selected small area rankings
The following analyses were based upon the ranking of the 316 census tracts in Hawaii which had a population. The numbers presented below are averages over the 2013-2017 time period.
- Median household income. Four areas had a median household income over $150,000. They were Waialae Iki, Waiawa, Portlock, Waialae Nui Ridge-Ainakoa. Twelve additional areas had a median household income over $125,000. They are located on the leeward side of Oahu (Kahe, Mililani: Ainamakua Drive, August Ahrens School, Mililani Mauka Middle School, Mililani Town Center), the Urban Honolulu area (Diamond Head), the Windward side of Oahu (Maunawili, Kalaheo Avenue, Kalaheo Hillside), and East Oahu (Aina Haina-Hawaii Loa Ridge, Waialae-Kahala, Wailupe). On the island of Maui, the highest median household income was $100,117 in Waihee-Waikapu. On Kauai, the highest median household income was $82,467 in Eleele-Kalaheo. On the island of Hawaii, the highest median household income was $77,424 in Hilo: Kahuku-Kaumana. (Table 2)
- Median owner-occupied housing unit values. Diamond Head was the only area in Hawaii which had a median housing value of $2 million or more. Fifteen other areas had median values between $1 and $1.9 million. They were located in the East Oahu area (Waialae-Kahala, Portlock, Waialae Iki, Aina Haina-Hawaii Loa Ridge), the urban Honolulu area (Judd Hillside-Lowrey Avenue, Round Top-Tantalus, Upper Manoa, East Manoa, Makiki Heights), the Windward side of Oahu (Lanikai and Kalaheo Avenue), the North Shore of Oahu (Kawailoa and Waimea-Kahuku) and the island of Maui (Wailea and Honokowai). Ha’ena-Hanalei had the highest median housing value on Kauai at $913,200. Hualalai had the highest median housing value on the island of Hawaii at $653,700. (Table 5)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-year dataset; compiled by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Research and Economic Analysis Division.