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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wailuku is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wailuku is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wailuku who work in office and administrative support (11.78%), sales jobs (10.40%), and management occupations (10.09%).
Wailuku 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.
Despite being a small town, Wailuku 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 terms of college education, Wailuku is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.84% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wailuku in 2010 was $33,513, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $134,052 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 12.79% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wailuku include Irish, German, Portuguese, English, and French.
The most common language spoken in Wailuku is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.