Nā'ālehu, Hawai'i

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Naalehu (Naʻālehu means "the volcanic ashes" in Hawaiian[1]) is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. The population was 919 at the 2000 census. It is the southernmost town in the United States. (See Extreme Points.)



Naalehu is located at 19°3′57″N 155°35′15″W / 19.06583°N 155.5875°W / 19.06583; -155.5875 (19.065925, -155.587528)[2] in the Kaʻū District.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 919 people, 290 households, and 209 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 426.1 people per square mile (164.3/km²). There were 332 housing units at an average density of 153.9/sq mi (59.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 8.38% White, 0.33% African American, 0.11% Native American, 45.59% Asian, 13.82% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 31.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.44% of the population.

There are 290 households out of which 31.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.77.

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