Waipahu 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 39,794 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Waipahu is the fifth largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Waipahu 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.
Waipahu is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waipahu is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waipahu who work in maintenance occupations (12.07%), food service (11.92%), and office and administrative support (10.79%).
One of the nice things about Waipahu 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 Waipahu, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.74 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Waipahu is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Waipahu, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The percentage of adults in Waipahu with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.40% of adults in Waipahu have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Waipahu in 2010 was $22,529, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,116 for a family of four. However, Waipahu contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Waipahu is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waipahu home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waipahu residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Native Hawaiian. Important ancestries of people in Waipahu include German, Irish, Turkish, and Norwegian.
Waipahu also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 40.15%.
The most common language spoken in Waipahu is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.