Honolulu, HI
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Living in Honolulu


Honolulu is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 350,395 people and 118 constituent neighborhoods, Honolulu is the largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Honolulu 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.

Honolulu is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.33% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Honolulu is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Honolulu who work in office and administrative support (13.84%), sales jobs (12.03%), and food service (9.51%).

Honolulu is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Honolulu. This makes Honolulu a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Honolulu presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the nice things about Honolulu 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 being a big city like Honolulu is having a public transportation system, but in Honolulu the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Honolulu benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Honolulu citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.35% of adults in Honolulu have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Honolulu in 2010 was $34,613, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,452 for a family of four. However, Honolulu contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

Foreign born people are also an important part of Honolulu's cultural character, accounting for 27.09% of the city’s population.

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