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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Pahoa is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.76% of the Pahoa workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Pahoa is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Pahoa who work in office and administrative support (14.29%), sales jobs (7.65%), and art, media, and design (7.65%).

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.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Pahoa has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

The overall education level of Pahoa is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.50% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Pahoa in 2010 was $21,369, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,476 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, Irish, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pahoa's cultural character, accounting for 18.56% 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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