South Kona, Hawaii

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Population in July 2007: 9,977.
Males: 5,026  (50.4%)
Females: 4,951  (49.6%)
Median resident age:  41.2 years
Hawaii median age:  36.2 years

Zip code: 96704

Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,138 (it was $42,058 in 2000)
South Kona:

$51,138
HI:

$68,020

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,075 (it was $20,177 in 2000)

South Kona CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $404,791 (it was $215,500 in 2000)
South Kona:

$404,791
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
  • Races in South Kona, HI (2000)

    South Kona races chart
    • 2,81532.8%White alone
    • 2,05623.9%Two or more races
    • 2,01523.5%Asian alone
    • 1,00211.7%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 6097.1%Hispanic
    • 350.4%Other race alone
    • 270.3%Black alone
    • 300.3%American Indian alone

Races in South Kona detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in South Kona: 120.7 (high, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Land area: 335.4 square miles.

Population density: 30 people per square mile   (very low).

South Kona, Hawaii map

For population 25 years and over in South Kona:

  • High school or higher: 84.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in South Kona CCD:

  • Never married: 30.2%
  • Now married: 52.4%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 11.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

South Kona CCD:  0.3% ($625)
Hawaii:  0.3% ($765)
South Kona satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Honolulu, HI (186.1 miles , pop. 371,657).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2513.6 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Keokea, HI (2.5 miles ), Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI (2.8 miles ), Captain Cook, HI (3.4 miles ), Kealakekua, HI (3.7 miles ), Honalo, HI (4.0 miles ), Hawaiian Ocean View, HI (4.1 miles ), Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI (4.2 miles ), Holualoa, HI (4.5 miles ).

Latitude: 19.33 N, Longitude: 155.88 W

South Kona tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
Hawaii:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (3%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Health care (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Work and jobs in South Kona: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in South Kona, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

South Kona-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Hawaii state average. It is 60% 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 55.8 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 29.9 miles away from South Kona center
On 11/16/1983 at 16:13:00, a magnitude 6.7 (6.4 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.7 MW) earthquake occurred 33.7 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 37.2 miles away from the city center
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 66.0 miles away from South Kona 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 48.1 miles away from the city center, destroying 5 buildings
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).

Hospitals and medical centers near South Kona:

  • WEST HAWAII HOME HEALTH SVCS (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; CAPTAIN COOK, HI)
  • KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; KEALAKEKUA, HI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to South Kona:

  • Hawaii Community College (about 58 miles; Hilo, HI; Full-time enrollment: 2,137)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (about 58 miles; Hilo, HI; FT enrollment: 3,161)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (about 115 miles; Kahului, HI; FT enrollment: 2,492)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 184 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,069)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (about 185 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,610)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 185 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 16,461)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 188 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,506)

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Notable locations in South Kona: Koa Mill (A), Cooks Heiau (B), Niuou Coconut Grove (C), Hikiau Heiau (D), Ahole Heiau (E), ‘Āhole Holua (F), Alahaka Heiau (G), ‘Āle‘ale‘a Heiau (H), Hale o Keawe Heiau (I), Holua Slide (J), Omao Heiau (K), Ka‘ohe Ranch (L), Opihihali (M), Napo‘opo‘o Lighthouse (N), Hooper Camp (O), Honomalino Camp (P), Hāpu‘u Camp (Q), Gaspars Dairy (R), Cooks Monument (S), Big Hill Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Keopuka Square Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in South Kona include: Christ Episcopal Church (A), Central Kona Union Church (B), Saint Benedicts Church (C), Puka‘ana Church (D), Kahikolu Church (E), Hau‘oli Kamana‘o Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Kalahiki Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Holokaalele Pond (A), One Hundred Acre Waterhole (B), Komakawai Waterholes (C), Polewai Waterhole (D), Lumiawai Waterhole (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ki‘ilae Watercourse (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in South Kona include: Kealakekua Bay Park (1), Ho‘ōpūloa Church Monument (2), Ho‘okena Beach Park (3), Honaunau Rodeo Arena (4), Kipahoehoe State Natural Area Reserve (5), Milolii Beach Park (6), Hikiau Heiau State Monument (7), Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Keālia Beach (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 117. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

117
U.S.:

75

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 8.31. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.31
U.S.:

1.91

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 12.8. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.8
U.S.:

9.4
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
Hawaii:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  65.6%
Whole state:  68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  9.0%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

12.7%
Whole state:

10.7%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.3%
Whole state:

5.0%

People in group quarters in South Kona in 2010:

  • 9 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 9 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 5 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional facilities
7 people in other group homes in 2000
3 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.3
Hawaii average:

12.8

South Kona travel time to work - commute South Kona mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Neighborhoods in South Kona:

(South Kona, Hawaii Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for South Kona CCD (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%

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 South Kona:

  • KKON (790 AM; 5 kW; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KPUA (670 AM; 10 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: NEW WEST BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIPA (620 AM; 10 kW; NAALEHU, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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 South Kona:

  • KLEO (106.1 FM; KAHALUU, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KAGB (99.1 FM; WAIMEA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KLUA (93.9 FM; KAILUA KONA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KAOY (101.5 FM; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KKUA (90.7 FM; WAILUKU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KNUQ (103.7 FM; PAAUILO, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT II,)
  • KWYI (106.9 FM; KAWAIHAE, HI; Owner: COLIN H. NAITO)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in South Kona)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Papa (Lat: 19.223667 Lon: -155.861111), Structure height: 8 m, Call Sign: WPBU837
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.425 MHzGrant Date: 12/11/2012, Expiration Date: 03/10/2023Registrant: Department Of Water Supply, County Of Hawaii, 889 Leilani St, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: (808) 961-8790, Fax: (808) 961-8668, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • HI72XC001, Capt Cook, Tmk (3) 8-1-001-026, Parcel 10 (Lat: 19.517028 Lon: -155.914583), Type: Tower, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 50.6 m, Call Sign: WQJF688
    Assigned Frequencies: 10578.7 MHzGrant Date: 08/21/2008, Expiration Date: 08/21/2018, Cancellation Date: 09/10/2009, Certifier: Kyle B EntzRegistrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 2001 Edmund Halley Drive, Reston, VA 20191, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4142

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • No fuel used (58%)
  • Electricity (29%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Solar energy (2%)
  • Wood (1%)

South Kona compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

South Kona on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Farmers and farm managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Farmers and farm managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Farm product raw materials merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Agricultural workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Registered nurses (population 5,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Gasoline stations (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Transportation, tourism, and lodging attendants (population 5,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Agricultural workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 larger cities with the lowest real estate taxes percentage (population 50,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of workers working at home, population 5,000+"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Book stores and news dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (population 5,000+)"
  • #93 (96704) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Portuguese first ancestries"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
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