Quality of Life

Centered in the Pacific


With its 4,000+ square miles, Hawaii Island is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined. Centered in the Pacific Ocean, it is the southernmost island in the chain and the southernmost point in the United States. With 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones on this one dramatic island, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States.


For over two decades, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board has advocated for infrastructure improvements to promote safer, more convenient cross-island travel and interconnect island communities. HIEDB’s Saddle Road initiative has successfully met this challenge and this major roadway connector is nearing completion.


Hawaii Island’s wide open spaces, lush coastlines, fertile slopes and heritage towns uphold community values and quality of life.




Population is 185,079, up 24% since 2000

23% are under 18 and 14% are over the age of 65

90% are high school graduates and 26% have a college degree

Median household income is $50,739