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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waianae who work in office and administrative support (15.52%), management occupations (10.16%), and sales jobs (8.59%).
One of the nice things about Waianae is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Waianae, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 39.93 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 Waianae 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 citizens of Waianae have a very low rate of college education: just 8.27% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Waianae in 2010 was $18,710, which is low income relative to Hawaii, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,840 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 15.47% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waianae include German, English, Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Waianae is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.