Poverty in Hawaii

What is the poverty rate in Hawaii?
The poverty rate in Hawaii is 10.3%. One out of every 9.7 residents of Hawaii lives in poverty.

How many people in Hawaii live in poverty?
143,148 of 1,383,246 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Hawaii compare to the national average?
Hawaii ranks 5th in Poverty Rate at 10.3%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Hawaii is dramatically lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Hawaii Poverty Rate County Map

Hawaii County Poverty Rate Comparison

Hawaii Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Hawaii?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Hawaii is 9.5%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Hawaii is 11.2%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Hawaii

Female residents of Hawaii are moderately(17%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

65,279 of 688,458 males in Hawaii live below the poverty line.

77,869 of 694,788 females in Hawaii live below the poverty line.

Hawaii Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Hawaii By Age?

Hawaii Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Hawaii Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 13.9%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.1%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 10.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 8.1%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 9.4%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 10.3%.

Historical Hawaii Poverty Rate

Hawaii Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

10.7% 15.3%

2011

12.0% 12.0% 15.9%

2012

11.6% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

10.8% 6.0% 15.8%

2014

11.4% 4.0% 15.5%

2015

10.6% 7.0% 14.7%

2016

9.3% 13.0% 14.0%

2017

9.5% 2.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Hawaii Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

23,024

11.0% 25.2% 1.6%

American Indian

2,604

24.7% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

532,027

6.7% 11.9% 37.4%

Pacific Islander

139,062

22.5% 19.0% 9.8%

Other

12,873

11.3% 23.8% 0.9%

Two Or More Races

331,303

11.2% 18.4% 23.3%

White

302,941

9.7% 10.3% 21.3%

Hispanic

140,348

14.1% 22.2% 9.9%

What's the Poverty Rate in Hawaii By Race?

11.0% of Black residents of Hawaii live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Hawaii is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 2,535 of 23,024 black Hawaiians live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Hawaii is black.

6.7% of Asian residents of Hawaii live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Hawaii is dramatically lower than the national average of 11.9%. 35,409 of 532,027 asian Hawaiians live below the poverty line. Approximately 37.4% of the total population of Hawaii are asian.

9.7% of White residents of Hawaii live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Hawaii is the same as than the national average. 29,278 of 302,941 white Hawaiians live below the poverty line. Approximately 21.3% of the total population of Hawaii are white.

14.1% of Hispanic residents of Hawaii live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Hawaii is dramatically lower than the national average of 22.2%. 19,850 of 140,348 hispanic Hawaiians live below the poverty line. Approximately 9.9% of the total population of Hawaii are hispanic.

Hawaii Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Hawaii can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in school is dramatically lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 40,682 of 317,314 Hawaiians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 22.3% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 9.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents not enrolled in school is significantly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 95,316 of 1,012,823 Hawaiians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 71.2% of the total population of Hawaii are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Hawaii is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 11.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in nursery school is dramatically lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 2,382 of 21,393 Hawaiians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 7,960 of 62,214 Hawaiians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.4% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Hawaii can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is dramatically lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 7,704 of 64,911 Hawaiians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 7,911 of 63,187 Hawaiians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.4% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 14.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in undergraduate school is dramatically lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 10,412 of 71,744 Hawaiians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Hawaii are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Hawaii have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Hawaii residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 2,144 of 17,480 Hawaiians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.2% of the total population of Hawaii is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Hawaii Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Hawaii born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

10.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Hawaii who were born citizens of the United States is 10.1%.

11.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Hawaii who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 11.6%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Hawaii born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Hawaii have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 1,130,909 residents of Hawaii who were born citizens of the United States, 113,837 (10.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 29,311 (11.6%) of 252,337 residents of Hawaii who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Hawaii Poverty Rate By City

Hawaii Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Ahuimanu

25th

5.2% 8,085

Aiea

36th

5.9% 9,332

Ainaloa

119th

32.1% 3,099

Anahola

96th

16.6% 1,986

Captain Cook

73rd

11.1% 3,949

East Honolulu

9th

3.3% 47,868

Eleele

27th

5.2% 2,863

Ewa Beach

69th

10.6% 15,047

Ewa Gentry

6th

2.8% 24,181

Ewa Villages

13th

4.1% 8,087

Haiku-Pauwela

75th

11.4% 7,420

Halawa

50th

8.0% 14,335

Haleiwa

49th

8.0% 3,625

Hanamaulu

34th

5.6% 5,386

Hanapepe

14th

4.2% 2,876

Hauula

84th

12.7% 3,464

Hawaiian Acres

108th

22.8% 2,889

Hawaiian Beaches

102nd

20.2% 5,302

Hawaiian Ocean View

120th

45.5% 4,726

Hawaiian Paradise Park

107th

22.2% 11,564

Heeia

1st

1.7% 4,811

Hickam Housing

29th

5.3% 8,931

Hilo

99th

19.0% 45,703

Holualoa

67th

10.4% 8,732

Honalo

97th

17.0% 2,288

Honaunau-Napoopoo

40th

7.1% 2,844

Honokaa

81st

12.2% 2,299

Iroquois Point

28th

5.2% 3,710

Kahaluu

59th

9.2% 4,926

Kahaluu-Keauhou

103rd

20.3% 3,500

Kahuku

66th

10.3% 2,353

Kahului

63rd

9.8% 30,706

Kailua

64th

9.8% 14,140

Kailua

24th

5.0% 38,088

Kalaheo

48th

8.0% 5,416

Kalaoa

68th

10.5% 11,107

Kaneohe Station

22nd

5.0% 11,198

Kaneohe

37th

6.0% 34,123

Kapaa

86th

13.7% 10,505

Kapaau

100th

19.8% 1,782

Kapolei

11th

3.8% 21,086

Kaunakakai

61st

9.6% 3,494

Keaau

71st

10.9% 2,627

Kealakekua

91st

14.4% 1,938

Kekaha

31st

5.4% 3,243

Keokea

51st

8.1% 2,282

Kihei

52nd

8.4% 22,220

Kilauea

80th

11.9% 2,261

Koloa

98th

17.8% 2,741

Kualapuu

104th

20.8% 2,013

Kula

74th

11.1% 7,520

Lahaina

53rd

8.6% 13,223

Laie

65th

9.9% 6,168

Lanai City

44th

7.7% 3,185

Lawai

70th

10.9% 1,985

Lihue

39th

6.3% 7,064

Maili

101st

20.2% 10,190

Makaha

118th

30.1% 8,832

Makakilo

17th

4.5% 20,615

Makawao

83rd

12.5% 6,832

Maunawili

3rd

2.1% 2,020

Mililani Mauka

5th

2.3% 20,393

Mililani Town

30th

5.3% 28,343

Mountain View

116th

28.7% 3,836

Nanakuli

94th

16.2% 11,757

Napili-Honokowai

33rd

5.5% 7,311

Ocean Pointe

15th

4.4% 13,579

Orchidlands Estates

115th

27.1% 3,310

Paia

62nd

9.7% 2,638

Pearl City

19th

4.6% 46,259

Princeville

87th

13.9% 1,945

Puhi

16th

4.4% 4,013

Pukalani

46th

7.8% 8,340

Pupukea

21st

4.9% 4,823

Royal Kunia

12th

3.8% 14,396

Schofield Barracks

23rd

5.0% 20,229

Urban Honolulu

76th

11.6% 350,788

Volcano

60th

9.2% 3,060

Wahiawa

89th

13.9% 17,555

Waialua

57th

8.9% 3,733

Waianae

114th

27.0% 13,636

Waihee-Waiehu

45th

7.8% 9,017

Waikapu

10th

3.6% 3,294

Waikele

7th

3.0% 7,446

Waikoloa Village

35th

5.6% 6,014

Wailea

90th

14.0% 5,602

Wailua Homesteads

54th

8.8% 6,212

Wailua

42nd

7.4% 2,906

Wailuku

85th

12.9% 16,995

Waimalu

26th

5.2% 13,158

Waimanalo Beach

47th

7.8% 3,860

Waimanalo

105th

21.1% 6,578

Waimea

77th

11.7% 12,064

Waimea

88th

13.9% 1,870

Waipahu

79th

11.8% 41,715

Waipio Acres

92nd

15.3% 5,432

Waipio

41st

7.3% 11,607

West Loch Estate

4th

2.1% 4,949

Wheeler AFB

32nd

5.5% 2,672

Whitmore Village

55th

8.9% 4,496

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