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Hilo is in Hawaii County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for hilo crab grass.

The latitude of Hilo is 19.729N. The longitude is -155.09W.

It is in the Hawaiian Time Zone time zone. Elevation is 59 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 40,759.


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Median household income
Local
$39,139
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hilo demographic reports
Hilo is on Hilo Bay at the mouth of the Wailuku River.
Hilo was once a whaling port.
Hilo received national attention for 1946 tsunami, which killed 159 people and destroyed the waterfront.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • World Heritage Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
  • Queen Lili'uokalani Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
  • Hali'a O Lili'uokalani Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
  • Tahiti Fete - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival - July 21, 2007
  • Robo Festival - Dec. 8, 2007
  • Merrie Monarch Festival - April 8-14, 2007
  • Hilo Inter-Tribal Pow Wow - May 27-28, 2007
  • Lei Day - May 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hilo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Wailoa River State Recreation Area, Wailuku River State Park
Hilo attractions: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Historic sites and museums: Lyman House Memorial Museum, Hilo Art Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Hawaii, Hawaii Community College
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 73

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Hilo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hawaii County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 96720 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Hilo residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hilo ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hilo was $18,220, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Hilo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Hilo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $489.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,147.


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Libraries in Hilo include Hilo Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Hilo include Hawaii Tribune Herald

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Hawaii County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hilo political report.

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The average commute time for Hilo workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hilo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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