Hawaii County population: 200,000 and growing

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Shoppers maneuver through a cramped aisle Thursday at Walmart in Hilo.

  • Nearly all of the seating is claimed Thursday at the McDonalds inside the Hilo Walmart. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

Hawaii County reached a new milestone last year when its population broke 200,000, according to U.S. Census estimates.