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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Waialua, the average commute to work is 34.34 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.
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%: 26.23% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waialua in 2010 was $27,663, 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.
Waialua also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.88%.
The most common language spoken in Waialua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.