Maui Population

The latest US Census Bureau estimate for the population of Maui County, Hawaii, is 165,386.

Maui, known as the Valley Isle, is second largest island in Hawaii by area but only its third largest by population, after Oahu (population 953,207) and Hawaii island itself (population: 185,079).

The city of Wailuku (population 15,313) is the Maui county seat, and Kahului (population 26,337) is the largest city in Maui.

Maui County population by island

The latest (2016) census bureau data is for the entire Maui County which includes the islands of Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, and Molokaʻi. The most recent data that breaks down how many people live in Maui County by island is only available from the 2010 census. At that time, the population of each island was:

Island Population (2010)
Maui 144,444
Molokai’i 7,345
Lānaʻi 3,135
Kahoʻolawe 0

Largest cities in Maui

The largest cities and towns in Maui are (all data from 2010 census):

City Population (2010)
Kahului 26,337
Kihei 20,881
Wailuku 15,313
Lahaina 11,704
Waihee-Waiehu 8,841
Haiku-Pauwela 8,118
Pukalani 7,574
Napili-Honokowai 7,261
Makawao 7,184
Kula 6,452

Maui population growth

Maui’s population is growing more quickly than the population of Hawaii and the rest of the United States. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of people living in Maui increased by 6.8%, compared to an increase of 5.0% across Hawaii, and 4.7% across the United States as a whole.

Maui’s population suffered a decline during the 1940s and 1950s, in part because of the impact of the Second World War. Once growth resumed in the 1970s, though, it was explosive. Between 1970 and 1990, the number of Maui residents more than doubled – from just under 46,000 people in 1970 to just over 100,000 people in 1990. Growth since then has slowed to a more manageable rate, although it is still very healthy.

The table below lists the population of Maui County at the point of each census since 1900:

Census Year Population  % Change
1900 26,743 n/a
1910 29,762 11.3%
1920 37,385 25.6%
1930 55,541 48.6%
1940 55,534 0%
1950 48,179 -13.2%
1960 42,576 -11.6%
1970 45,984 8.0%
1980 70,847 54.1%
1990 100,374 41.7%
2000 128,094 27.6%
2010 154,834 20.9%

Maui area and population density

Maui is the second most densely populated island in Hawaii, after Oahu.

Maui (the island) covers an area of 727.2 square miles (1,883.4 square kilometers). Based on the 2010 population, this means that the population density in Maui is 198.63 people per square mile, or 76.69 people per square kilometer.

Maui race and ethnicity

The largest singe group in Maui County is White (not Hispanic or Latino) (35.8%). This is followed closely by Asian (28.7%), two or more races (23.3%), Hispanic or Latino (11.2%) and then by Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (10.7%).

Other, smaller, groups are: Black or African American (1.0%) and American Indian and Alaska Native (0.6%).

The table below lists this data, and compares it to data across Hawaii and the rest of the USA.

Statistic Maui Hawaii United States
White alone (not Hispanic or Latino) 31.1% 22.9% 61.6%
Asian 28.7%  37.3%  5.6%
Two or more races 23.3%  23.0%  2.6%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 10.7% 9.9%  0.2%
Hispanic or Latino 9.4% 10.4% 17.6%
Black or African American alone 1.0% 2.6% 13.3%
American Indian / Alaska native 0.6% 0.5% 1.2%

All data is from 2015.

Maui demographics – age and households

The age breakdown in Maui is broadly similar to the rest of Hawaii, and the rest of the USA.

In total, 22.3% of people in Maui are aged under 18, and 33% of households have children under the age of 18. The average family size in Maui county is 3.41 people.

Education in Maui

The vast majority of people in Maui have graduated high school – latest data shows that 91.5% of people aged over 25 have a high school diploma, compared to 86.7% of people across America.

People in Maui are less likely to have attended university and gained a bachelor’s degree, however. Just over a quarter (26.1%) of people had a degree, compared with a national average of 29.8%.

Maui tourist population

Maui is a popular vacation destination. In 2016, Maui welcomed 2.6 million visitors, an increase of 3.9% on 2015. That’s more than a quarter of the 8.9 million people who visited all of the Hawaiian Islands during the year. In total, visitors to Maui spent $7.3 billion, providing a major boost to the local economy.

Further reading and sources

Data in this article comes from the US Census Bureau or Hawaii.gov, unless otherwise stated.

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