Waialua is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 4,019 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Waialua is the 33rd largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Waialua 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waialua is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waialua is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waialua who work in sales jobs (14.83%), teaching (11.87%), and office and administrative support (8.86%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Waialua, 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.
Of important note, Waialua is also a town of artists. Waialua has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Waialua’s character.
Waialua 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.
One downside of living in Waialua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.34 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.
In Waialua, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Waialua is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The percentage of people in Waialua who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.23% of adults in Waialua have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waialua in 2010 was $27,663, 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 $110,652 for a family of four. However, Waialua contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Waialua is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waialua home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waialua residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Waialua also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.79% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waialua include English, German, Portuguese, Polish, and Irish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Waialua's cultural character, accounting for 19.88% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Waialua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.