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.
Unlike some towns, Wahiawa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Wahiawa are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (16.63%), food service (11.61%), and teaching (8.27%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Wahiawa, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Wahiawa 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Wahiawa, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.32 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.
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 21.05% of adults in Wahiawa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wahiawa in 2010 was $26,925, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,700 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 11.25% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wahiawa include Portuguese, German, English, Irish, and French.
Wahiawa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.17%.
The most common language spoken in Wahiawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.