Hilo, HI
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Living in Hilo


Hilo is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 45,393 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Hilo is the third largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Hilo are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Hawaii.

Unlike some towns, Hilo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hilo are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hilo is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilo who work in office and administrative support (14.65%), sales jobs (11.41%), and management occupations (8.83%).

Hilo is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.00 minutes getting to work every day.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Hilo use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Hilo‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Hilo citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.29% of adults in Hilo have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Hilo in 2010 was $25,965, which is middle income relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,860 for a family of four. However, Hilo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hilo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hilo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hilo residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Hilo include German, English, Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Hilo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.