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.
Lahaina is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
Lahaina 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 of the benefits of Lahaina is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.20 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In terms of college education, Lahaina is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.63% of adults 25 and older in Lahaina have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lahaina's cultural character, accounting for 31.20% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Lahaina is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.