The statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau released how young adults today compare with previous generations. Young adult is defined as 18 to 34 years of age and you can see the comparison over time the 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2009-2013. The study shows you the difference between young adults in the past and those in 2013. For example, traditional milestones like marriage, settling down, raising a family and workforce participation have quite changed nowadays. Topics includes demographic, earning, poverty, labor force, foreign born, education, veterans, language, family and commuting. Here we focus on “Hawaii Young Adults Then and Now”. You can find how Hawaii young adults have changed and the difference between Hawaii and the U.S.
As you can see from the graph above, young adults population in the nation has decreased from 29.6% in 1980 to 23.4% in 2009-2013. The interesting thing is in 1980, Hawaii has over 33% young adults population, but it decreased to 23.3% in 2009-2013. Living with parents percentage has been continuously rising up a little more than 30% since 1980. On the other hand, Living alone population is under 6% which is less than the nation data. The percent of population who never married is getting higher since 1980 and now it’s over 60%.
Even though percent of people who earn bachelor’s degree has increased, but percent of employed population has dropped to 62%. It’s a big difference from 75.3% in 1980. And living in poverty percent has been slightly rising. Median earnings for full time workers has increased from $31,147 to $34,767 and was higher than national average in 2009-2013.
Dominant population is Asian and two or more races in Hawaii. Those population is getting bigger so their percent of population was 25% in 2009-2013 which is 13.2% higher than in 1980. White, non-Hispanic population recorded 38% in 1980 and 25% in 2009-2013.