Lahaina 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 12,323 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Lahaina is the 17th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Lahaina 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, Lahaina is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lahaina is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lahaina who work in food service (16.50%), sales jobs (15.25%), and maintenance occupations (12.69%).
One of the nice things about Lahaina 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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.20 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Lahaina citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.63% of adults 25 and older in Lahaina have a college degree.
The per capita income in Lahaina in 2010 was $27,744, which is middle income relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,976 for a family of four. However, Lahaina contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lahaina is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lahaina home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lahaina residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Lahaina also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.30% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lahaina include Irish, Portuguese, German, English, and Italian.
In addition, Lahaina has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.20%).
The most common language spoken in Lahaina is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.