Aloha is sometimes confused for being its own city. Instead, it is actually an unincorporated community in Washington County, which operates as a census-designated place. Although Aloha is not a city, it has a population of nearly 50,000, making it the size of what would be a middle-sized US city. Its population has also grown in the past decade. Aloha tried to incorporate in the 1980s, but the County determined that it didn’t have the public resources to fully serve its residences.