Population growth will drive health care demand for the foreseeable future. Growth influences the number, type, and geographic distribution of health care resources required to meet population need.
Current Population: The estimated resident
population for Hawai'i in 2013 was 1.4 million.
Hawai`i vs. U.S. Population Trend: The
resident population of Hawai'i grew 12.3 percent between
2000 and 2010,slightly higher than that of the United
States over the same period (9.7 percent).
Average Growth: The average annual growth rate of Hawai'i's resident population between 1980
and 2010 was 1.2 percent.1 Hawai'i's resident
population experienced the fastest growth between 1990
and 1995, averaging 1.5 percent annually. While the rate
of population growth has slowed, substantial numbers continue
to be added to the Hawai'i resident population each decade,
averaging at least 100,000 for each decade from 1980 to 2010.
County Growth: Neighbor Island counties are growing at a much faster rate than Honolulu. This growth results in population demand for more health care resources, some of which have traditionally been centralized in the state's population hub, Honolulu.
Projection: The Hawai'i State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) estimates that Hawai'i's resident population will reach 1.48 million by the year 2020. For each decade between 2000 and 2030, the population is expected to increase by 140,000, with approximately 59,000 of that growth being in the Neighbor Island counties.