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.
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.
In Pearl City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.64 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 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: 30.44% of adults in Pearl City have a college degree.
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.