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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waialua who work in sales jobs (14.01%), office and administrative support (9.87%), and management occupations (9.55%).
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.
In Waialua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.13 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.
Even though Waialua is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The education level of Waialua citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.61% of adults in Waialua have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waialua in 2010 was $26,928, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,712 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 11.38% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waialua include Irish, Portuguese, Italian, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Waialua's cultural character, accounting for 21.20% 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.