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 85.97% 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 (12.95%), sales jobs (11.84%), and office and administrative support (11.64%).

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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Kailua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.35 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 citizens of Kailua are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.11% of adults in Kailua have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kailua in 2010 was $46,901, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $187,604 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 English, Irish, Portuguese, and Italian.

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