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, professionals, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Pahoa who work in farm management occupations (16.76%), maintenance occupations (13.69%), and art, media, and design (12.57%).
In addition, many people in Pahoa have jobs in agriculture, more so than in most other communities in America. As a result, you will see quite a number of farms around town.
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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Pahoa is worth considering.
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.
As is often the case in a small town, Pahoa doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Pahoa overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Pahoa, 24.61% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Pahoa in 2018 was $23,675, 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 $94,700 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Pahoa, accounting for 25.11% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Pahoa residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Pahoa include Portuguese, German, English, Swedish, and Armenian.
The most common language spoken in Pahoa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Japanese.