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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%).

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 citizens of Honolulu are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Honolulu's cultural character, accounting for 27.22% of the city’s population.

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