Kapaa is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 11,239 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Kapaa is the 18th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Kapaa 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, Kapaa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kapaa is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kapaa who work in office and administrative support (11.52%), food service (9.76%), and maintenance occupations (9.72%).
Kapaa 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 percentage of people in Kapaa who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.85% of adults in Kapaa have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kapaa in 2010 was $26,931, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,724 for a family of four. However, Kapaa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kapaa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kapaa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kapaa residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Kapaa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.32% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kapaa include Irish, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Kapaa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Pacific Island languages.