Kailua 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 40,514 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Kailua is the sixth largest community in Hawaii.
Kailua home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Kailua real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Kailua, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
A relatively large number of people in Kailua telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.20% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Kailua 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.
In Kailua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.46 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
If knowledge is power, Kailua is a pretty powerful place. 50.27% of the adults in Kailua have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Kailua in 2018 was $54,340, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $217,360 for a family of four.
Kailua is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kailua home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kailua residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Kailua include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Kailua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Spanish.