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 $91,706.00.
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.
Kapolei is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.04%), sales jobs (10.53%), and management occupations (7.89%).
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.
Kapolei 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.
One downside of living in Kapolei is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kapolei, the average commute to work is 36.33 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Kapolei is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Kapolei is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.16% of adults in Kapolei have a college degree.
The per capita income in Kapolei in 2010 was $27,365, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,460 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 14.26% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kapolei include German, Irish, English, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Kapolei is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.