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Immigrants and births raise isles' population by 1 percent

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii's population grew 1 percent over the past year, propelled by a big jump in the number of people moving into the state from foreign countries as well as more births than deaths among local residents, according to data released Thursday.

The state Department of Business and Economic Development estimated Hawaii's resident population on July 1 at 1,392,313, up from 1,378,129 on July 1, 2011.

Much of the increase was due to an influx of residents from overseas, with 25 more people on average moving to Hawaii from foreign countries each day than leaving the state to take up residence overseas.

That figure is double the previous year, when foreign inflow over outflow boosted Hawaii's population by 12 people per day, department data show. Most immigrants to Hawaii who are granted legal permanent residency come from the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the net flow of residents between Hawaii and the rest of the nation went in the other direction. More Hawaii residents left the state to move to the U.S. mainland than came here from other states. In the period ending July 1, 2012, eight more people per day left Hawaii to move to the mainland than came here to live.

That was also twice the number from the previous year, when the net outflow was on average four people per day moving from Hawaii to another state. The figures, however, were still well below the number registered between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, when 15 more people left Hawaii each day for other U.S. states than chose to come live in the islands from the mainland.

Hawaii's population growth over the past year also stems from the fact that there are more births than deaths every year in the islands. There were an average of 50 births every day as compared to 28 deaths between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012.

The number of births and deaths per day has remained steady over the past few years, department data show.

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