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Census data show Big Island led state in 2014 growth

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Big Island's population is still growing faster than Maui, Kauai and Honolulu according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data for 2014.

West Hawaii Today reports more than 10,500 people became Hawaii residents between 2013 and July 1, 2014. Over 2,700 of those new residents chose to settle down on the Big Island, growing the population by 1.45 percent.

Maui saw a 1.39 percent increase and Kauai experienced a 1.14 percent boost. Honolulu saw growth of less than half a percent.

The median age of the population statewide is getting younger as the number of residents over the age of 65 is on the incline.

About 77 percent of the state's residents are of minority races. Hawaii is one of five places nationwide to record majority minority populations.

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