Kula 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 6,793 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kula is the 25th largest community in Hawaii.
Kula home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Kula real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Kula is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kula is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kula who work in management occupations (15.77%), sales jobs (12.95%), and teaching (10.90%).
A relatively large number of people in Kula telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.20% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Kula has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Kula a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Kula 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 Kula, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.27 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.
Even though Kula 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 population of Kula is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.16% of adults in Kula have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Kula in 2010 was $41,737, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,948 for a family of four. However, Kula contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kula is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kula home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kula residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Kula include German, Irish, Portuguese, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Kula is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Polish.