Makawao is a somewhat small town located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 7,564 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Makawao is the 23rd largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Makawao 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, Makawao is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Makawao is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Makawao who work in office and administrative support (14.10%), sales jobs (10.55%), and teaching (7.71%).
The citizens of Makawao are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.33% of adults in Makawao having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Makawao in 2010 was $28,699, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,796 for a family of four. However, Makawao contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Makawao is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Makawao home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Makawao residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Makawao also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.81% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Makawao include Portuguese, English, Irish, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Makawao is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.