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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.

Unlike some cities, Honolulu isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Honolulu are a mix of both white- and blue-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.

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 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.