Kailua, HI
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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 85.43% 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 (12.74%), office and administrative support (12.11%), and sales jobs (11.50%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Kailua use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Kailua‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Kailua ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kailua, 46.15% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Kailua in 2010 was $44,224, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,896 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.