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0.44% growth
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1.96% growth
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The economy of Hilo, HI employs 19,761 people. The economy of Hilo, HI is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 2.83; 2.31; and 2.26 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Hilo, HI are Educational Services (2,735), Retail trade (2,641), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (2,358), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($53,580), Finance & Insurance ($43,250), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,195).

Median household income in Hilo, HI is $55,815. Males in Hilo, HI have an average income that is 1.21 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,633. The income inequality of Hilo, HI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.416 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Hilo, HI. In Hawaii County, HI the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 75 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $6,739. Hawaii County, HI has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Hawaii.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Hilo, HI is from the county of Hawaii County, HI.

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Hilo, HI is home to a population of 45,579 people, from which 96% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Hilo, HI is composed of 14,775 Asian residents (32.4%), 14,635 Two+ residents (32.1%), 7,041 White residents (15.4%), 4,509 Hispanic residents (9.9%), and 4,265 Hawaiian residents (9.4%). The most common foreign languages in Hilo, HI are Other Pacific Island (2,532 speakers), Japanese (1,581 speakers), and Tagalog (565 speakers), but compared to other places, Hilo, HI has a relative high number of Other Pacific Island (2,532 speakers), Japanese (1,581 speakers), and Tagalog (565 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Hilo, HI awarded 1,474 degrees. The student population of Hilo, HI is skewed towards females, with 576 male students and 898 female students. Most students in Hilo, HI are Two or more races (444 and 30.1%), followed by White (314 and 21.3%), Asian (312 and 21.2%), and Hispanic or Latino (188 and 12.8%). The largest universities in Hilo, HI by number of graduates are University of Hawaii at Hilo (905 and 61.4%), Hawaii Community College (569 and 38.6%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Hilo, HI are Pharmacy (89 and 6.04%), General Psychology (73 and 4.95%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (53 and 3.6%). The median tuition costs in Hilo, HI are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,200 and $20,160 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hilo, HI is $298,500, which is 1.46 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $297,400 to $298,500, a 0.37% increase. The homeownership rate of Hilo, HI is 61.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Hilo, HI have an average commute time of 17.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hilo, HI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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