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Pearl City
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
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Coordinates: 21°24′30″N 157°58′1″W / 21.40833°N 157.96694°W / 21.40833; -157.96694Coordinates: 21°24′30″N 157°58′1″W / 21.40833°N 157.96694°W / 21.40833; -157.96694
Country  United States
State  Hawaii
County Honolulu
 • Total 5.8 sq mi (15.0 km2)
 • Land 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 47,698
 • Density 6,215.5/sq mi (2,399.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−10:00 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 808
FIPS code 15-62600
GNIS feature ID 0363226

Pearl City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in the ʻEwa District and City & County of Honolulu on the Island of Oʻahu. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 47,698. Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor. Waimalu borders Pearl City to the east, while Waipahu borders the west. The U.S. postal code for Pearl City is 96782.


Early-day Pearl City had an array of rice paddies and fields that were plowed with water buffalo that would haul a two-wheeled cart. In the early 1880s, Pearl City was the final stop for Benjamin Dillingham's Oahu Railway, a mud wagon driven by a four-horse team. Lots for an as-yet-to-exist "Pearl City" went on sale in 1889, after completion of the actual rail line. Near the outskirts of Pearl City, the Remond Grove, an area where people could be entertained with piano, banjo, trumpet, and saxophone performances, was a popular entertainment spot in the early 1900s.


Pearl City is located at 21°24'30" North, 157°58'1" East (21.408333, −157.966902).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), of which, 5.0 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is water. The total area is 14.29% water.

  • Average Winter High: 74.5 degrees
  • Average Winter Low: 64.7 degrees
  • Average Summer High: 85.1 degrees
  • Average Summer Low: 62.1 degrees
  • Average Annual Precipitation 26.8 inches


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 19,552
1980 42,575 117.8%
1990 30,993 −27.2%
2000 30,976 −0.1%
2010 47,698 54.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 47,698 people, 14,622 households, and 7,288 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,215.5 people per square mile (2,401.6/km2). There were 9,181 housing units at an average density of 1,842.2 per square mile (711.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 59.57% Asian-Pacific Islander, 17.24% White, 2.71% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.41% from other races, and 18.81% from two or more races. 7.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,922 households, out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% 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 3.48.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 18.8% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $62,036, and the median income for a family was $67,246. Males had a median income of $30,712 versus $28,408 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,683. 6.2% of the population and 4.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Sports and recreation

In 1998, a Pearl City baseball team—Pearl City Little League (District 7)—represented the U.S. and made it to the Little League World Series finals where they lost to the team from Taipei. In 2007, they won the Junior League World Series, after winning the West Region, then defeating the Central Region and Southwest Region champions to become the U.S. champion, and finally defeating the International champion (Asia-Pacific Region), Illam Central LL (Makati City, Philippines), 6–2.

The Hawaii Hawks won the 2003 Field Hockey World Cup 10–7.


The Hawai'i Department of Education operates public schools in Pearl City, including the Pearl City Complex public schools that include elementary, intermediate, and high schools.

Elementary schools in the CDP include Manana, Momilani, Palisades, Pearl City, Pearl City Highlands, Waimalu, and Waiau. Two secondary schools, Highlands Intermediate School and Pearl City High School, are also in the CDP. Momilani, Waimalu, and Waiau elementary schools and Pearl City High were in the Waimalu CDP as of the 2000 U.S. Census, but as of the 2010 U.S. Census are now in the Pearl City CDP.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu operates Out Lady of Good Counsel School in the CDP.

The University of Hawaii–Leeward Community College, a branch of the University of Hawaii system, is located adjacent to the CDP, with a Pearl City address.

Hawaii State Public Library System operates the Pearl City Library. Originally known as the Pearl City Regional Library, it began operations on November 15, 1969.

Notable people

  • Brook Lee, Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Miss USA 1997 and Miss Universe 1997
  • Jason Scott Lee,(not from Hawaii) film actor noted for his roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Kipling's The Jungle Book, and Lilo & Stitch
  • Duke Aiona, former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, born in Pearl City
  • David Ige, Governor of Hawaii, born in Pearl City
  • Jordan Ta'amu, professional football player
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