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, Lahaina isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lahaina are a mix 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 (15.25%), sales jobs (12.46%), and maintenance occupations (12.13%).
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 16.96 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Lahaina are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.18% of adults in Lahaina having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lahaina in 2010 was $26,095, 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 $104,380 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. Important ancestries of people in Lahaina include German, English, Portuguese, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lahaina's cultural character, accounting for 27.22% 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.