Keaau is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 2,364 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Keaau is the 43rd largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Keaau 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, Keaau is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Keaau is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Keaau who work in office and administrative support (12.27%), maintenance occupations (10.49%), and healthcare suport services (8.99%).
Also of interest is that Keaau has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.87% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Keaau 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.
Even though Keaau 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.
The percentage of adults in Keaau who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.18% of the adults in Keaau have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Keaau in 2010 was $26,783, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,132 for a family of four. However, Keaau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Keaau is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Keaau home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Keaau residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Native Hawaiian. Important ancestries of people in Keaau include English, Portuguese, German, French, and Irish.
Keaau also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.35%.
The most common language spoken in Keaau is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Japanese.