Hawaii County, Hawaii

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Hawaiʻi County is a county located in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. It is coterminous with the Island of Hawaiʻi, often called the "Big Island" to distinguish it from the state as a whole. As of 2000 Census the population was 148,677. The county seat is Hilo. There are no incorporated cities in Hawaiʻi County (see Hawaii Counties). The Hilo Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Hawai'i County. Hawaiʻi County has a mayor-council form of government.

Hawaii County is one of seven US counties to share its name with its state (the others are Arkansas County, Arkansas, Idaho County, Idaho, Iowa County, Iowa, New York County, New York, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, and Utah County, Utah).


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Geography

Hawaiʻi County has a total area of 5,087 square miles (13,175.3 km2); 4,028 square miles (10,432.5 km2) is land and 1,059 square miles (2,742.8 km2) is water (mostly all off the ocean shoreline but counted in the total area by the U.S. Census Bureau). The county's land area comprises 62.7 percent of the state's land area. It is the highest percentage by any county in the United States. (Delaware's Sussex County comes in second at 48.0 percent, while Rhode Island's Providence County is third at 39.55 percent.)

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