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
Housing costs in Laie 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.
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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Laie to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local 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.
One of the nice things about Laie 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 17.81 minutes getting to work every day.