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Population in 2010: 931. Population change since 2000: +94.0%
Males: 513  (55.2%)
Females: 418  (44.8%)

Median resident age:  43.9 years
Hawaii median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 96785.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $21,575 (it was $24,519 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$21,575
HI:

$66,259
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,223

Fern Forest CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $109,081 (it was $73,600 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$109,081
HI:

$496,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $276,177; Detached houses: $276,177

Median gross rent in 2012: $641.

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Fern Forest races chart
  • White alone - 424 (45.5%)
  • Two or more races - 229 (24.6%)
  • Hispanic - 126 (13.5%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 84 (9.0%)
  • Asian alone - 60 (6.4%)
  • Black alone - 5 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 3 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fern Forest: 105.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (6.5%), English (6.3%), German (6.2%), United States (5.2%), French (4.4%), Portuguese (2.4%).

Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Land area: 12.5 square miles.

Population density: 74 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Fern Forest:

  • High school or higher: 90.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
  • Unemployed: 11.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fern Forest CDP:

  • Never married: 36.0%
  • Now married: 31.1%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 3.6%
  • Divorced: 26.4%

16 residents are foreign born (2.6% Asia).

This place:  2.4%
Hawaii:  16.6%



According to our research of Hawaii and other state lists there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Fern Forest, Hawaii as of December 22, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Fern Forest to the number of sex offenders is 186 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $430 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $366 (0.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Honolulu, HI (216.1 miles , pop. 371,657).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2466.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Eden Roc, HI (1.5 miles ), Fern Acres, HI (1.9 miles ), Mountain View, HI (2.2 miles ), Volcano, HI (2.7 miles ), Hawaiian Acres, HI (2.7 miles ), Kurtistown, HI (3.0 miles ), Ainaloa, HI (3.1 miles ), Orchidlands Estates, HI (3.1 miles ).

Latitude: 19.47 N, Longitude: 155.13 W

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.8%
Hawaii:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (24%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (20%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Public administration (22%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (11%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fire fighting and prevention workers including supervisors (18%)
  • Carpenters (15%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Life and physical scientists (10%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (17%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (10%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)

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Earthquake activity:

Fern Forest-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Hawaii state average. It is 954% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/29/1975 at 14:47:40, a magnitude 7.2 (6.0 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 UK, 7.2 MS, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 6.4 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths)
On 8/21/1951 at 10:57:00, a magnitude 6.9 (6.9 UK, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 59.8 miles away from Fern Forest center
On 11/16/1983 at 16:13:00, a magnitude 6.7 (6.4 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.7 MW) earthquake occurred 16.2 miles away from the city center, causing $6,000,000 total damage
On 10/15/2006 at 17:07:49, a magnitude 6.7 (6.2 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.7 MW, Depth: 24.2 mi) earthquake occurred 62.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/26/1989 at 03:27:03, a magnitude 6.2 (5.8 MB, 6.1 MS, 6.2 MS, 6.2 MD) earthquake occurred 4.1 miles away from Fern Forest center, destroying 5 buildings
On 4/26/1973 at 20:26:28, a magnitude 6.3 (6.0 MB, 6.1 MS, 6.3 UK, 6.2 ML) earthquake occurred 33.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hawaii County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Flood: 1, High Surf: 1, Mudslide: 1, Earthquake: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tsunami Wave: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Fern Forest:

  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF HILO (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; HILO, HI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fern Forest:

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (about 17 miles; Hilo, HI; Full-time enrollment: 3,180)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 214 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 3,151)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 216 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 14,726)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 218 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 4,471)
  • Leeward Community College (about 228 miles; Pearl City, HI; FT enrollment: 3,228)
  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii (about 236 miles; Laie, HI; FT enrollment: 2,381)
  • Skyline College (about 2331 miles; San Bruno, CA; FT enrollment: 2,853)

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Notable location: Fern Forest Volunteer Fire Station 5C (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Hawaii County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 27.7. This is about average.
City:

27.7
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 14.9. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

14.9
U.S.:

2.4
Ozone [ppb] level in 2004 was 23.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

23.5
U.S.:

28.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 7.77. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

7.77
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 45.7%
(36.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 90.9% for American Indian residents, 23.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 58.4% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Hawaii:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  48.6%
Whole state:  68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  12.3%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Fern Forest, HI

Fern Forest compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Fern Forest travel time to work - commute


Fern Forest mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • No fuel used (80%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Utility gas (2%)
  • Electricity (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Fern Forest CDP (based on Hawaii County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 39.77%
Here39.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodUnited Church of ChristInternational Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Adherents55.6%11.5%5.3%5.0%3.9%
Congregations14.3%8.9%11.3%13.1%4.8%
NameSouthern Baptist ConventionPresbyterian Church (USA)International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents3.8%2.7%2.1%1.7%8.4%
Congregations7.1%2.4%1.8%4.2%32.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 36
Hawaii County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 34
Hawaii County:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 44
Hawaii County:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 143
Here:

8.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.1%
Hawaii:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Hawaii County:

21.2%
Hawaii:

20.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.3%
State:

9.2%

6.70% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($48,782 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
Hawaii average:

6.39%

0.17% of residents moved from foreign countries ($716 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.17%
Hawaii average:

0.70%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Honolulu County, HI  1.22% ($36,483 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.32% ($36,386)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.25% ($51,293)


4.72% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,691 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.72%
Hawaii average:

5.89%

0.13% of residents moved to foreign countries ($769 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.13%
Hawaii average:

0.33%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Honolulu County, HI  0.98% ($31,041 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.22% ($37,416)
to Clark County, NV  0.18% ($31,330)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fern Forest:

  • KPUA (670 AM; 10 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: NEW WEST BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIPA (620 AM; 10 kW; NAALEHU, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KHLO (850 AM; 5 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KHBC (1060 AM; 5 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: HILO BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KKON (790 AM; 5 kW; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KUAU (1570 AM; 50 kW; HAIKU, HI; Owner: FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-KAHULUI, MAUI)
  • KAIM (870 AM; 50 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KMVI (550 AM; 5 kW; WAILUKU, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP,INC.)
  • KNUI (900 AM; 5 kW; KAHULUI, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KORL (690 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: NEW WAVE BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • KAOI (1110 AM; 5 kW; KIHEI, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC)
  • KGU (760 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHNR (650 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fern Forest:

  • KKOA (107.7 FM; VOLCANO, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KNUQ (103.7 FM; PAAUILO, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT II,)
  • KAGB (99.1 FM; WAIMEA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KLEO (106.1 FM; KAHALUU, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KLUA (93.9 FM; KAILUA KONA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KAOY (101.5 FM; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KANO (91.1 FM; HILO, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KWYI (106.9 FM; KAWAIHAE, HI; Owner: COLIN H. NAITO)
  • KCIF (90.3 FM; HILO, HI; Owner: HILO CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KKOA-FM1 (107.7 FM; HILO, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Fern Forest:

  • KOIW-LP (Channel 16; MT. VIEW, HI; Owner: esi BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KGMD-TV (Channel 9; HILO, HI; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KWHH (Channel 14; HILO, HI; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)


Fern Forest on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average yearly precipitation"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Professional and related occupations:"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Librarians, curators, and archivists"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Architects, surveyors, and cartographers"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Communications equipment operators"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of workers with very long commute times (90 or more minutes)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 100 cities with smallest houses"
  • #94 (96785) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Portuguese first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
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