Hilo 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 45,393 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Hilo is the third largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Hilo 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.
Hilo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hilo is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilo who work in office and administrative support (11.73%), sales jobs (9.80%), and teaching (9.45%).
Hilo 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.
The education level of Hilo citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.50% of adults in Hilo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hilo in 2018 was $29,915, which is middle income relative to Hawaii, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,660 for a family of four. However, Hilo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hilo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hilo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hilo residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Hilo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.76% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hilo include Portuguese, German, English, Irish, and French.
The most common language spoken in Hilo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.