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 18,658 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Wahiawa is the 12th 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.
Also of interest is that Wahiawa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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 32.74 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 citizens of Wahiawa are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.92% of adults in Wahiawa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wahiawa in 2018 was $33,556, 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 $134,224 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 Native Hawaiian. Wahiawa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wahiawa include German, Portuguese, English, Italian, and Irish.
In addition, Wahiawa has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.43%).
The most common language spoken in Wahiawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.