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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 352,769 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (13.32%), sales jobs (12.47%), and food service (9.58%).

Honolulu 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.

Honolulu is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Honolulu really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Honolulu citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Honolulu ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Honolulu a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The population of Honolulu is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.21% of adults in Honolulu have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Honolulu in 2010 was $31,452, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,808 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

Honolulu also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.22%.

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