Waialua, HI
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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, Waialua isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waialua are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waialua is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waialua who work in sales jobs (15.60%), teaching (11.42%), and office and administrative support (9.44%).

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 34.85 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.

Despite being a small town, Waialua has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Waialua is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.14% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Waialua in 2010 was $27,372, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,488 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 13.63% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waialua include Irish, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Waialua also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.01%.

The most common language spoken in Waialua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.

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