Lihue 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 6,781 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Lihue is the 24th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Lihue 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, Lihue isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lihue are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lihue is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lihue who work in sales jobs (20.82%), food service (8.97%), and maintenance occupations (8.76%).
Of important note, Lihue is also a town of artists. Lihue has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lihue’s character.
One of the nice things about Lihue 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.
In terms of college education, Lihue is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.22% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lihue in 2010 was $26,413, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,652 for a family of four. However, Lihue contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lihue is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lihue home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lihue residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Lihue include German, Irish, English, and Canadian.
In addition, Lihue has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.25%).
The most common language spoken in Lihue is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.