U.S. Census Bureau released the 2014 state and county population information Thursday, including estimates broken down by age, sex, the five major race groups and Hispanic origin between April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014.

The data found that in Hawaii, “minority” populations continue to constitute the majority of the state’s population. According to the U.S. Census, a “minority” is someone who identifies their race and ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic white.

The data also showed that Hawaii’s senior population is growing four times faster than the total population. People 65 or older accounted for approximately 16 percent of the total population in 2014, with a total of 228,154 residents.


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Minorities made up 77 percent of the state’s total population. By county, Honolulu had the greatest percentage of minorities, which comprised 80.4 percent of the population. Next, minorities made up nearly 70 percent of Kauai County, followed by Hawaii and Maui counties.

Asians accounted for approximately 56 percent (alone or in combination with other races) of the total state population. Honolulu County had the largest percentage of Asians, followed by Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties. Honolulu and Kauai were the nation’s only majority-Asian counties.

Native Hawaiians made up 26 percent (alone or in combination with other races) of Hawaii’s total population. Among the counties, Honolulu had the smallest percentage of Native Hawaiians, while Hawaii County had the largest, followed by Maui and Kauai.

White people made up almost 44 percent (alone or in combination with other races) of the total state population. The largest percentage of white populations was in Hawaii County, with Maui County in second and Kauai in third. The lowest percentage was in Honolulu County.

People of mixed race made up 23 percent of Hawaii’s total population, while Black or African Americans made up 3.8 percent of the state’s total population. American Indian and Alaska Natives made up 2.6 percent.

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