Clark County Becoming Popular Destination for Hawaiian Residents Fleeing High Rent
LAS VEGAS, NV – Not only are mainland Americans noticing the unique opportunities and affordability offered in Las Vegas, when compared to many other high-priced cities across the U.S., such as New York, and California, but Native Hawaiians have been flocking to Sin City, in large numbers, according to a recent AP story featured in U.S. News and World Report.
Highllighted in that report were 2021 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, indicating that the biggest demographic growth in Clark County, Nevada, were Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations. California’s Sacramento County also showed similar growth for the same demographic.
Native Hawaiian, Kona Purdy, who was interviewed on the subject by AP reporters said he never wanted to live anywhere else, but with a looming raise in rent and the lure of no state taxes, better earning wages, restaurants catering to Hawaiian taste and a solid base of Hawaiians flocking to Vegas, the attraction was too clear to ignore, moving his family to Henderson in 2017. According to Purdy, who had been paying $2300 a month to “stuff his four-member family” into a single room, there is even a real estate brokerage that helps families relocate from the islands.
So, it’s real painful, because you do get disconnected from the land, which we’re so connected to, being born, and raised [there].” Purdy said, “You go into any store in any part of the valley, and you’ll find someone from Hawaii working there or shopping there,” he added.
To back the numbers up comes a decade span in the American Community Survey, which is recorded by the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, which indicated there were 221,600 Native Hawaiians in the continental U.S. in 2011 and by 2021, 370,000 recorded, closing in on close double just a decade later.
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