Makawao, HI
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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, Makawao isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Makawao are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Makawao is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Makawao who work in office and administrative support (14.60%), teaching (7.96%), and food service (6.93%).

In terms of college education, Makawao is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.44% of adults 25 and older in Makawao have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Makawao in 2010 was $24,070, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,280 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 13.08% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Makawao include German, Irish, English, and French .

The most common language spoken in Makawao is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Japanese.

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