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 quite a few people in the armed forces living in Kailua, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
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.
One of the nice things about Kailua 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.
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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Kailua is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Kailua area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
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.