Fern Forest, Hawaii

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Population in 2010: 931. Population change since 2000: +94.0%
Males: 503  (54.1%)
Females: 428  (45.9%)
Median resident age:  49.1 years
Hawaii median age:  38.1 years

Zip codes: 96785.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $16,264 (it was $24,519 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$16,264
HI:

$68,020

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $15,916 (it was $14,958 in 2000)

Fern Forest CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $98,085 (it was $73,600 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$98,085
HI:

$500,000

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $342,206; Detached houses: $334,300; Townhouses or other attached units: $398,127; In 2-unit structures: $455,084; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $299,354; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $447,611; Mobile homes: $487,645; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $100,358

Median gross rent in 2013: $610.

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  • Races in Fern Forest, HI (2010)

    Fern Forest races chart
    • 42445.5%White alone
    • 22924.6%Two or more races
    • 12613.5%Hispanic
    • 849.0%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 606.4%Asian alone
    • 50.5%Black alone
    • 30.3%American Indian alone

Races in Fern Forest detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Fern Forest: 106.8 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (7.0%), Irish (6.8%), United States (5.7%), English (3.7%), French (2.8%), Welsh (2.6%).

Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Land area: 12.5 square miles.

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

Fern Forest,HI real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Fern Forest:

  • High school or higher: 87.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.6%
  • Unemployed: 3.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fern Forest CDP:

  • Never married: 30.8%
  • Now married: 36.9%
  • Separated: 4.7%
  • Widowed: 2.0%
  • Divorced: 25.6%

23 residents are foreign born (3.5% Asia, 1.3% Oceania).

This place:

4.8%
Hawaii:

17.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $270 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $304 (0.3%)

Fern Forest satellite photo by USGS

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

Fern Forest household income distribution Fern Forest home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
Hawaii:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (30%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (17%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (17%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Public administration (15%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (14%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Utilities (8%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (30%)
  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (19%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (3%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (11%)
  • Legal occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)

Work and jobs in Fern Forest: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fern Forest, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Fern Forest-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Hawaii state average. It is 59% smaller 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, Earthquake: 1, Flood: 1, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Storm: 1, Tsunami Wave: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fern Forest topographic map

Hospitals and 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:

  • Hawaii Community College (about 17 miles; Hilo, HI; Full-time enrollment: 2,137)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (about 17 miles; Hilo, HI; FT enrollment: 3,161)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (about 132 miles; Kahului, HI; FT enrollment: 2,492)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 214 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,069)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (about 215 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,610)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 215 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 16,461)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 218 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,506)

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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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 168. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

168
U.S.:

75

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 7.13. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.13
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2003 was 23.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 8.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 3.92. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.92
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 47.4%
(50.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 88.1% for American Indian residents, 14.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 47.4% 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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.2
Hawaii average:

11.3

Fern Forest travel time to work - commute Fern Forest mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other38,70188
Catholic30,61622
Evangelical Protestant16,302120
Mainline Protestant5,88243
Orthodox251
None93,553-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs 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%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Fern Forest:

46.4%
Hawaii:

54.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Fern Forest:

41.7%
Hawaii:

50.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.0
Hawaii:

26.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

24.3%
State:

16.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.0%
Hawaii:

18.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.6
Hawaii:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.0%
Hawaii:

26.1%

General health condition:
This city:

52.5%
Hawaii:

57.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Fern Forest:

78.7%
Hawaii:

81.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fern Forest, HI Residents

4.72% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,873 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.72%
Hawaii average:

5.49%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($341 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.06%
Hawaii average:

0.31%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Honolulu County, HI  0.93% ($35,267 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.20% ($32,969)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.15% ($39,598)


4.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,270 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
Hawaii average:

5.34%

0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($655 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.10%
Hawaii average:

0.28%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Honolulu County, HI  1.04% ($36,222 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.21% ($35,265)
to Clark County, NV  0.14% ($34,656)

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)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • No fuel used (91%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Electricity (1%)

Fern Forest compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage 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 below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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