Laie 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 6,391 people and just one neighborhood, Laie is the 27th largest community in Hawaii.
Real Estate Prices
Laie home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Laie real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Laie is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.09% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Laie is a town of service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laie who work in teaching (15.87%), office and administrative support (12.78%) and food service (10.52%).
Of important note, Laie is also a town of artists. Laie has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Laie’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Laie is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Laie area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Laie maintain a good economy.
For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Laie. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Laie.
Laie 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Laie spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.81 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.