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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pearl City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pearl City is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pearl City who work in office and administrative support (18.26%), sales jobs (10.30%), and management occupations (8.25%).
Pearl City is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Pearl City, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Pearl City 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.
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 30.24 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Pearl City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Pearl City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of Pearl City is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.27% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Pearl City in 2010 was $31,203, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,812 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 Irish, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Pearl City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Japanese.