Paia is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 2,809 people and just one neighborhood, Paia is the 40th largest community in Hawaii.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Paia 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, Paia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Paia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Paia is a town of service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Paia who work in art, media, and design (11.46%), sales jobs (10.24%) and food service (9.31%).
Of important note, Paia is also a town of artists. Paia has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Paia’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Paia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Paia 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.