Kailua, HI
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Kailua is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 40,231 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Kailua is the fourth largest community in Hawaii.

Kailua home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Kailua real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Kailua is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.55% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kailua is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kailua who work in management occupations (12.34%), sales jobs (11.86%), and office and administrative support (11.74%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Kailua. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Of important note, Kailua is also a town of artists. Kailua has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Kailua’s character.

Kailua 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.

In Kailua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.50 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Kailua is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Kailua, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Kailua ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kailua, 46.48% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Kailua in 2010 was $44,545, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,180 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Kailua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Spanish.