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Honolulu, HI, City and Higher Education Facts

Honolulu, Hawaii, is the state capital and largest city of Hawaii. A major tourist destination, Honolulu is also home to several schools that offer undergraduate and graduate programs. Keep reading to learn more about Honolulu's attractions, economy and school options.

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Information about Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii, had an estimated population of approximately 350,399 residents in 2014. The county of Honolulu, which comprises the entire island of Oahu, has about 998,714 inhabitants, as of 2015 U.S. census data. The population of Honolulu is highly diverse. Based on 2010 census data, demographic groups included Caucasians (16.5%), Asian (54.8%), and Native Hawaiians (8.4%).

Honolulu is a major tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors from the mainland United States, Europe and Asia each year. The balmy weather, moderated by near-constant trade winds, has contributed to Honolulu's ranking by Men's Fitness magazine as the 10th fittest city in America in 2014, and residents have year-round opportunities to take part in outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking and snorkeling. Other cultural attractions in Honolulu include the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra west of Denver, and a variety of botanical and public gardens.

Higher Education

Honolulu is the most important center for higher education in the state of Hawaii and has numerous postsecondary institutions. The University of Hawaii system's flagship campus, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is located several miles away from the downtown area. It is the city's largest university with roughly 20,000 students.

Other institutions of higher learning include Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University. Students can also find 2-year degree options at Kapiolani Community College and Honolulu Community College.

Economy and Employment

The economy of Honolulu, like that of Hawaii as a whole, is heavily dependent on tourism. People come from countries such as Japan, Germany, South Korea and the mainland United States to see such attractions as the world-famous Waikiki Beach, the U.S.S. Arizona memorial and the open-air Ala Moana shopping center.

Many workers in the area are employed in service occupations catering to overseas visitors. There is a sizable professional class, though, and many Honolulu residents work in executive or managerial positions with companies such as American Medical Response, AT&T, Geico Insurance, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Sears and United Airlines. The University of Hawaii is also a significant employer for the city.

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