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.
Lahaina home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Lahaina real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
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 sales jobs (16.54%), food service (15.41%), and maintenance occupations (12.11%).
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 17.74 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Lahaina rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.88% of adults 25 and older in Lahaina have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Lahaina in 2010 was $27,560, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,240 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 14.84% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lahaina include Irish, English, German, Portuguese, and Italian.
Lahaina also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.70%.
The most common language spoken in Lahaina is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.