Tropical Vibrancy: Honolulu vs Jacksonville

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Honolulu is the state capital and most populous city in Hawaii. The Honolulu metropolitan area is home to 991,788 residents and is the 54th largest in the United States. Featuring a downtown and a popular beach on the Pacific Ocean, a short distance away, the city is in the midst of a highrise construction boom. With a population density of more than double that of Jacksonville's, Honolulu represents a vibrant streetscape in a tropical setting. Here's how it stacks up with downtown Jacksonville!

Tale of the Tape

Honolulu is situated on the Island of O'ahu. At 596-square miles, the entire island has a population of 1,419,561. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, Jacksonville's 3,698 square mile metropolitan area, which includes St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, and Baker Counties, has a population of 1,419,127. If one were to cram all the people in Northeast Florida's various counties in less than half of Duval County, we'd have a good idea of the feel and size of Honolulu and its surroundings. This comparison isn't being made to suggest that one community is better than the other. It's just a visual example of a community with 1.42 million residents situated in a compact setting. To help Jaxsons gain a better understanding of the scale of Honolulu, here are a few statistics of the city in relation to Jacksonville:

Honolulu is highlighted in red


Honolulu City Population 2014: 350,399 (City); 991,788  (Metro 2014) - (incorporated in 1907)

Jacksonville City Population 2013: 853,382 (City); 1,419,127 (Metro 2014) - (incorporated in 1832)

City population 1950: Jacksonville (204,517); Honolulu (248,034)

City Land Area

Honolulu: 60.5 square miles
Jacksonville: 757.7 square miles

Duval County is highlighted in red

Metropolitan Area Growth rate (2010-2014)

Honolulu: +4.05%
Jacksonville: +5.46%

Urban Area Population (2010 census)

Honolulu: 802,459 (ranked 54 nationwide)
Jacksonville: 1,065,219 (ranked 40 nationwide)

Urban Area Population Density (2010 census)

Honolulu: 4,715.6 people per square mile
Jacksonville: 2,008.5 people per square mile

City Population Growth from 2010 to 2014

Honolulu: +13,143
Jacksonville: +31,598

Convention Center Exhibition Space:

Honolulu: Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) (1998) - 204,249 square feet
Jacksonville: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1985) - 78,500 square feet

Tallest Building:

First Hawaiian Center: a Center - 429 feet
Jacksonville: Bank of America Tower - 617 feet

Who's Downtown Is More Walkable?

Honolulu: 94 out of 100, according to 2015
Jacksonville: 72 out of 100, according to 2015

The pre-consolidated city limits of Jacksonville (green) and Honolulu's boundaries (red) situated inside Duval County's borders.

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