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Kauai County

Kauai County, Hawaii
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Hawaii's location in the U.S.
Founded 1905
Seat Lihue
 • Total 1,266.37 sq mi (3,280 km2)
 • Land 622.44 sq mi (1,612 km2)
 • Water 643.93 sq mi (1,668 km2), 50.85%
 • (2010) 67,091
 • Density 94/sq mi (36.267/km²)
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Kauaʻi County is a county located in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It consists of the islands of Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Lehua, and Kaʻula. As of the 2010 Census the population was 67,091.[1] The county seat is Līhuʻe.

The Kapa'a Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Kauai County.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,266.37 square miles (3,279.9 km2), of which 622.44 square miles (1,612.1 km2) (or 49.15%) is land and 643.93 square miles (1,667.8 km2) (or 50.85%) is water.[2] The Pacific Ocean surrounds the county.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Kauaʻi County has a mayor-council form of municipal government. Executive authority is vested in the Mayor of Kauaʻi, elected by the voters on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. Legislative authority is vested in the seven-member County Council. All members of the County Council are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis to two-year terms.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201268,4342.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 58,463 people, 20,183 households, and 14,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 94 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 25,331 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 29.5% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 36.0% Asian, 9.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 23.8% from two or more races. 8.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,183 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.



Top employers

According to the County's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[6] the top non-government employers in the county are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 997
2 Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club 564
3 Manu Kai (ITT/Ke`aki Technologies joint venture) 529
4 Wilcox Memorial Hospital 486
5 Wal-Mart 417
6 Big Save 410
7 The St. Regis Princeville Resort 336
8 Sheraton Kauai Resort 309
9 Kauai Beach Resort 250
10 Nursefinders 238


Lihue Airport serves the island of Kauai.

Sister cities

Coordinates: 22°04′N 159°39′W / 22.067°N 159.650°W / 22.067; -159.650


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