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, Kailua Kona isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kailua Kona are a mix 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%).
A relatively large number of people in Kailua Kona telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.25% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Kailua Kona is worth considering.
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.
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.