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.

Pearl City is a military town: the armed forces employs 6.32% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Public Service and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 11.95% and 10.86% of the civilian workforce respectively.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.64 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.44% of adults in Pearl City have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pearl City in 2010 was $34,264, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,056 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, Irish, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Pearl City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.