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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kailua Kona who work in sales jobs (14.65%), office and administrative support (13.32%), and maintenance occupations (9.90%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.25% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Kailua Kona has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Kailua Kona a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Kailua Kona 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.
The overall education level of Kailua Kona is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.89% 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 $28,484, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,936 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 13.14% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kailua Kona include English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Kailua Kona is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.