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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lihue is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (21.79%), maintenance occupations (7.44%), and food service (7.16%).
Lihue 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The overall education level of Lihue citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.93% of adults in Lihue have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Lihue in 2010 was $28,781, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,124 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 Portuguese, Irish, English, and Canadian.
Lihue also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.38%.
The most common language spoken in Lihue is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.