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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Honolulu is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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: 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.
In addition, Honolulu has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.09%).
The most common language spoken in Honolulu is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.