Hawaii’s population fell by more than 7,000 people between 2016 and 2018 after peaking at 1.43 million.

That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday showing the state’s housing and population estimates as of 2018.

The bulk of Hawaii’s population lives on Oahu, where the population hit 992,000 in 2016 before falling by more than 12,000. Urban Honolulu experienced a similar decline.

Meanwhile, the neighbor islands have seen steady population growth over the last decade.

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