POSTED: 12:26 p.m. HST, Feb 24, 2011
The latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows the number of people living on the Big Island jumped by nearly 25 percent over the past decade to more than 185,000 people.
Data from the 2010 census released to the public today also show Oahu has nearly 1 million residents, as Honolulu County's population climbed 8.8 percent to just over 953,000.
Maui County had the second fastest growth rate in the state after the Big Island as its population increased by nearly 21 percent to about 155,000.
The number of people living in Kauai County climbed 15 percent to more than 67,000.
Overall, the state's population grew by more than 12 percent — faster than the 9.3 percent growth rate reported for the decade between 1990 and 2000.