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.

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 31.24 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Pearl City use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Pearl City‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The overall education level of Pearl City is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 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.