Pearl City is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 49,325 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Pearl City is the second largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Pearl City 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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Pearl City, employing 6.02% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Public Service and Retail industries employ 12.19% and 9.94% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
One of the nice things about Pearl City 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.
One downside of living in Pearl City is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Pearl City, the average commute to work is 31.94 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Pearl City is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Pearl City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Pearl City is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.73% of adults in Pearl City have a college degree.
The per capita income in Pearl City in 2010 was $32,613, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,452 for a family of four. However, Pearl City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Pearl City is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Pearl City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pearl City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Pearl City include German, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Pearl City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.