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 (13.34%), maintenance occupations (9.42%), and sales jobs (7.86%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Wahiawa. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Wahiawa is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wahiawa, the average commute to work is 31.40 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.
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%: 18.26% of the adults in Wahiawa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wahiawa in 2010 was $25,251, 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 $101,004 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. Important ancestries of people in Wahiawa include Portuguese, English, Irish, and Italian.
Wahiawa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.23%.
The most common language spoken in Wahiawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.