Profile America: Hawaiian Islands

Tuesday, July 10th. One-hundred twenty years ago this month, the United States began absorbing an island paradise en route to making it a treasured part of the nation. President William McKinley signed the 1898 resolution annexing the Hawaiian Islands, then an independent republic. A short time later, Congress made Hawaii an incorporated territory of the United States, which it remained until achieving statehood in 1959.

For most Americans on the mainland, Hawaii is the ultimate vacation, with its lovely scenery and an average annual temperature of around 72 degrees.

Tourism, defense, and raising sugar cane and pineapples are the mainstays of the economy. More than 1.4 million Americans call Hawaii home — about half of them are Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey.

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