Laupahoehoe is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 610 people and just one neighborhood, Laupahoehoe is the 52nd largest community in Hawaii.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Laupahoehoe 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
Unlike some towns, Laupahoehoe isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Laupahoehoe are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laupahoehoe is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Laupahoehoe who work in sales jobs (12.50%), office and administrative support (12.02%) and the sciences (11.06%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Laupahoehoe. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Laupahoehoe has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
A relatively large number of people in Laupahoehoe telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Laupahoehoe has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Laupahoehoe a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Laupahoehoe 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 downside of living in Laupahoehoe, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.50 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite the fact that it is a small town, Laupahoehoe has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.