Waianae, HI
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Living in Waianae


Waianae is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 13,721 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Waianae is the 16th largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Waianae 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, Waianae isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waianae are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waianae is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waianae who work in office and administrative support (16.11%), sales jobs (10.39%), and management occupations (8.51%).

Waianae 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.

One downside of living in Waianae is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Waianae, the average commute to work is 41.32 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.

Despite being a small town, Waianae 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 rate of college-level education in Waianae is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.31% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waianae in 2010 was $18,944, which is low income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,776 for a family of four. However, Waianae contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waianae is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waianae home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waianae residents report their race to be Native Hawaiian, followed by Asian. Waianae also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.38% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waianae include Portuguese, German, Irish, Italian, and English.

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