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 40,514 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Kailua is the sixth 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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.20% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
One downside of living in Kailua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.46 minutes every day commuting to work.
If knowledge is power, Kailua is a pretty powerful place. 50.27% of the adults in Kailua have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Kailua in 2018 was $54,340, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $217,360 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Kailua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Spanish.