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 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Waialua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.34 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
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.
In addition, Waialua has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.88%).
The most common language spoken in Waialua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.