Pahoa, HI
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Living in Pahoa


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.

Pahoa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Pahoa has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Pahoa a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Pahoa 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Pahoa is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

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 2010 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.


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