I was telling my mother the other day that some people mistakenly think that I am angry and/or bitter about the status quo in Hawai'i. (I'm not.) I actually OWN property in Hawai'i (and I will never ever listen to Keanu Sai ---> *LOL*) I couldn't care less about people who aren't able to live in Hawai'i... because I don't have to! However me owning property in three states does not preclude me from NOT caring about the future and/or about the environment. Actually I really wish I could be a hermit because there are so many selfish people in Hawai'i who don't care about the pollution that they are contributing to in Hawai'i. Instead they only think about themselves. ANYWAY in today's paper there was an interesting article about the population in Hawai'i increasing which is not good. It's bad news because along with more people comes more pollution:
Honolulu’s population increases 1.5 percent:
The area from Hawaii Kai to Aiea is covered in a Census survey
By Craig Gima
What the U.S. Census Bureau considers metropolitan Honolulu, the area between Hawaii Kai and Aiea, has an estimated population of 377,260, making it the 47th-largest "city" in the country on July 1, 2004.
However, if you take Oahu's total population of 899,593, Honolulu would rank as the 13th most populous city in the United States, between Detroit (900,198) and Indianapolis (784,242).
What is called the "census designated place" of Honolulu fell behind Miami (379,524), which grew 4.8 percent since the 2000 census. The Honolulu CDP growth rate of 1.5 percent since the 2000 census ranks it about 140th in terms of population growth of the 251 biggest cities in the United States, tied with Irving, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; Santa Clara, Calif.; and Pueblo, Colo.
Gilbert, Ariz., topped the list of fastest-growing cities with at least 100,000 people.
The numbers show new residents flocking to midsize cities in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and California. Hurt by skyrocketing housing prices, people are leaving San Francisco, Boston and other large cities.
Gilbert grew by more than 46,000 people, or 42 percent, to just over 156,000 residents in a little more than four years.
Next on the list ranked by percentage gain was Miramar, Fla., followed by North Las Vegas, Nev.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Roseville, Calif. Rounding out the top 10 were Henderson, Nev.; Chandler, Ariz.; Cape Coral, Fla.; and Rancho Cucamonga and Irvine, both in California.
San Francisco and Boston found themselves among the cities losing the most people between April 2000 and July 2004. Boston shed more than 19,000 people, or 3.4 percent of its population, while San Francisco lost 32,000, or 4.2 percent.
"People like to live in smaller places, and a lot of it is propelled by the sharp spike in housing costs in the inner and more attractive cities," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "People want to get as much housing as they can for their dollars."
The median price for a single-family home in Gilbert is about $220,000, compared with more than $387,000 in Boston and $641,000 in San Francisco.
An analysis of the census numbers by the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism shows similar trends on Oahu. The area outside metro Honolulu where housing is cheaper grew 3.5 percent since 2000, more than double the Honolulu CDP growth rate. Population on the neighbor islands is also growing much faster than what the census considers the "city" of Honolulu. The Big Island, for example, grew 9.6 percent during the four-year period.
Port St. Lucie experienced the largest population growth for a one-year period beginning in July 2003. It added nearly 13,000 people -- a 12 percent jump. The Honolulu CDP grew 0.2 percent, adding 846 residents between 2003 and 2004, while the island of Oahu had an overall growth rate of 0.7 percent.
Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2005/06/30/news/story3.html
Pollution like this:
Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jun/30/ln/ln03p.html