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. 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 31.24 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Pearl City is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Pearl City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.