Wailuku is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 16,122 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wailuku is the 13th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Wailuku 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.
Wailuku is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Wailuku is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wailuku who work in office and administrative support (14.02%), sales jobs (12.36%), and management occupations (7.78%).
One of the nice things about Wailuku 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.
The population of Wailuku overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Wailuku, 23.32% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wailuku in 2010 was $31,268, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,072 for a family of four. However, Wailuku contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wailuku is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wailuku home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wailuku residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Wailuku also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.34% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wailuku include Portuguese, Irish, English, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Wailuku is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.