Kailua Kona, HI
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Kailua Kona 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 40,197 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Kailua Kona is the sixth largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Kailua Kona are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Hawaii.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kailua Kona is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kailua Kona is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kailua Kona who work in sales jobs (14.98%), office and administrative support (13.47%), and food service (9.97%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Kailua Kona has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Kailua Kona has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kailua Kona than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kailua Kona may be for you.

One of the nice things about Kailua Kona 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 terms of college education, Kailua Kona is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.50% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kailua Kona in 2010 was $28,506, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,024 for a family of four. However, Kailua Kona contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kailua Kona is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kailua Kona home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kailua Kona residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Kailua Kona also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.36% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kailua Kona include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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