Waimanalo, HI
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Waimanalo 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 5,676 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Waimanalo is the 28th largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Waimanalo 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.

Waimanalo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waimanalo is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waimanalo who work in office and administrative support (16.61%), maintenance occupations (11.21%), and management occupations (9.71%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Waimanalo 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.

One downside of living in Waimanalo is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Waimanalo, the average commute to work is 31.63 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.

In Waimanalo, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Waimanalo is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The percentage of adults in Waimanalo with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.52% of adults in Waimanalo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waimanalo in 2010 was $19,913, 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 $79,652 for a family of four. However, Waimanalo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waimanalo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waimanalo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waimanalo residents report their race to be Native Hawaiian, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Waimanalo include Irish, German, English, and Scottish.

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

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