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 (12.20%), food service (12.20%), and office and administrative support (11.81%).
Waipahu 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Waipahu, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.87 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Waipahu is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Waipahu area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Waipahu citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.02% of adults 25 and older in Waipahu have a college degree.
The per capita income in Waipahu in 2010 was $23,170, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,680 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 Portuguese, German, Irish, Turkish, and Norwegian.
Waipahu also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 41.58%.
The most common language spoken in Waipahu is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.