Wahiawa 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 18,557 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Wahiawa is the 11th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Wahiawa 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.
Wahiawa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Wahiawa is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wahiawa who work in office and administrative support (15.16%), sales jobs (9.58%), and maintenance occupations (8.95%).
Wahiawa is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Wahiawa, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
One of the nice things about Wahiawa 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 Wahiawa, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.88 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.
Even though Wahiawa is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The percentage of adults in Wahiawa who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.59% of the adults in Wahiawa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wahiawa in 2010 was $25,851, which is middle income relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,404 for a family of four. However, Wahiawa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wahiawa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wahiawa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wahiawa residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Wahiawa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.31% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wahiawa include Portuguese, Irish, English, and Italian.
Wahiawa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.87%.
The most common language spoken in Wahiawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.