Fern Forest, Hawaii

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Population in 2010: 931.
Population change since 2000: +94.0%
Males: 438  (47.1%)
Females: 493  (52.9%)
Median resident age:

49.6 years
Hawaii median age:

39.2 years

Zip codes: 96785.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $35,446 (it was $24,519 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$35,446
HI:

$77,765

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,115 (it was $14,958 in 2000)

Fern Forest CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $163,303 (it was $73,600 in 2000)
Fern Forest:

$163,303
HI:

$617,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $443,446; detached houses: $432,734; townhouses or other attached units: $531,610; in 2-unit structures: $986,374; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $385,135; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $418,726; mobile homes: over $1,000,000; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $199,197

Median gross rent in 2017: $874.

March 2019 cost of living index in Fern Forest: 108.3 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 54.0%
(59.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 51.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 33.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 61.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Fern Forest, HI (2010)
    • 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

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Ancestries: German (9.7%), American (9.5%), Irish (6.7%), Portuguese (3.8%), Italian (3.3%), European (2.8%).

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, Hawaii map

53 residents are foreign born (4.3% Latin America, 2.5% Asia, 1.2% Oceania, 0.9% Europe).

This place:

7.7%
Hawaii:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $379 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $337 (0.3%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Fern Forest, HI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Fern Forest, HI in 2017
Fern Forest satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.7%
Hawaii:

2.9%
Most common industries in Fern Forest, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (14.1%)
  • Construction (13.5%)
  • Educational services (10.3%)
  • Public administration (9.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (8.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (25.3%)
  • Public administration (18.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.1%)
  • Repair & maintenance (9.1%)
  • Printing & related support activities (7.1%)
  • Food (7.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (18.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (17.4%)
  • Educational services (16.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (10.5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (10.5%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (9.3%)
  • Health care (9.3%)
Most common occupations in Fern Forest, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (14.1%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention workers, including supervisors (9.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.6%)
  • Carpenters (8.1%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5.9%)
  • Life and physical scientists (5.4%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Fire fighting and prevention workers, including supervisors (18.2%)
  • Carpenters (15.2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11.1%)
  • Life and physical scientists (10.1%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (9.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (17.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (10.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (9.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.3%)

Average climate in Fern Forest, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 106. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

106
U.S.:

74
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 9.03. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.03
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

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

City:

23.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.65. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.65
U.S.:

8.46

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 Fern Forest 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 the city 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 (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Earthquakes: 3, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Lava Flows: 2, Volcanic Eruptions: 2, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tropical 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Fern Forest:

Marital status in Fern Forest, HI
  • Never married: 32.1%
  • Now married: 38.7%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 21.8%

For population 25 years and over in Fern Forest:

  • High school or higher: 88.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.8%
  • Unemployed: 3.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 45.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Hawaii average:

11.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
Here:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

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.
Hawaii:

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

8.29 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

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

7.1%
State:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Hawaii County:

21.2%
State:

20.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Hawaii 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

5.47% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($62,641 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.47%
Hawaii average:

5.19%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($421 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.04%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Honolulu County, HI  1.04% ($46,987 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.22% ($50,463)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($101,395)


4.69% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,329 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.69%
Hawaii average:

5.62%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($393 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.06%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Honolulu County, HI  0.80% ($43,065 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.23% ($42,669)
to Clark County, NV  0.20% ($30,847)

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)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fern Forest, HI
  • 94.0%No fuel used
  • 2.6%Electricity
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.7%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fern Forest, HI
  • 88.7%No fuel used
  • 11.3%Electricity


Fern Forest compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly 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 significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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