Hilo, HI
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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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hilo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.42%), sales jobs (11.09%), and teaching (9.13%).

One of the nice things about Hilo is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Hilo is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.44 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Hilo is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.82% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Hilo in 2010 was $24,384, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,536 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. Hilo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.60% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hilo include German, Irish, English, and Italian.

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