Pearl City, HI
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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.

6.18% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Pearl City. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Retail industries respectively employ 11.78% and 10.47% of the civilian workforce.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Pearl City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.24 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

In terms of college education, Pearl City is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.45% 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 $31,581, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,324 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. Pearl City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.01% of the town’s residents. 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.