Kailua, HI
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Living in Kailua


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 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.

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.

In Kailua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.35 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.

Kailua is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.11% of adults in Kailua have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.