Kapolei 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 15,813 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Kapolei is the 14th largest community in Hawaii. Kapolei has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Kapolei, where the median household income is $97,943.00.
Housing costs in Kapolei 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, Kapolei isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kapolei are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kapolei is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kapolei who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), sales jobs (9.97%), and management occupations (7.22%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Kapolei. 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.
Also of interest is that Kapolei has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Kapolei 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 Kapolei, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.65 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
In Kapolei, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Kapolei is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The overall education level of Kapolei is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.84% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kapolei in 2010 was $27,808, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,232 for a family of four.
Kapolei is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kapolei home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kapolei residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Native Hawaiian. Kapolei also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.36% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kapolei include Irish, German, English, and Norwegian.
Kapolei also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.41%.
The most common language spoken in Kapolei is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.