Waianae, HI
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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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waianae is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.30%), management occupations (8.92%), and sales jobs (8.63%).

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 39.99 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.

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.

In Waianae, just 8.90% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Waianae in 2010 was $17,588, which is low income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,352 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 13.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waianae include German, Irish, English, and Italian.

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