Hawai‘i, the island, is often referred to as “The Big Island” because it is clearly the largest in land mass of the eight major islands that, together, are officially The State of Hawai‘i. But, just how big is big? In response to that question, here is a graphic that shows “how.”
The 2010 Census is in. Here are few of the findings it reveals:
Land Area of Island of Hawai’i is approximately 4,028 square miles.
Land Area of the other seven islands combined is approx. 2,395 square miles.
Population is another matter!
Honolulu County (Island of O‘ahu), population is 953,207
Hawai‘i County (Island of Hawai‘i), pop. 185,079
Maui County (Islands of Maui, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and Lanā‘i), pop. 154,834
Kaua‘i County (Islands of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau), pop. 67,091
Also, Kalawao County on Moloka‘i, is the smallest county in the U.S. and contains the former leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa, pop. 90
Figures are from U.S. Census Bureau, State & County QuickFacts (2010).