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.
Waialua is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.90%), teaching (10.68%), and maintenance occupations (8.49%).
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.
One of the nice things about Waialua 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 Waialua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.46 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 overall education level of Waialua is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.64% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waialua in 2010 was $28,096, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,384 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 13.13% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waialua include English, Portuguese, German, Polish, and Irish.
In addition, Waialua has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.07%).
The most common language spoken in Waialua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.