Pahoa, HI
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Pahoa is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 992 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Pahoa is the 50th largest community in Hawaii.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pahoa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pahoa is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pahoa who work in sales jobs (12.11%), office and administrative support (8.73%), and art, media, and design (8.45%).

Of important note, Pahoa is also a town of artists. Pahoa has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pahoa’s character.

One of the nice things about Pahoa 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.

The citizens of Pahoa are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.96% of adults in Pahoa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pahoa in 2010 was $20,272, which is low income relative to Hawaii, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,088 for a family of four. However, Pahoa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pahoa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Pahoa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pahoa residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Pahoa include German, English, Polish, and Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pahoa's cultural character, accounting for 20.70% of the town’s population.

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

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