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 40,231 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Kailua is the fourth 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.
Kailua is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kailua is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kailua who work in management occupations (12.58%), sales jobs (12.17%), and office and administrative support (11.17%).
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.
Also of interest is that Kailua has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Kailua 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 Kailua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.96 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Kailua are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.54% of adults in Kailua have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kailua in 2018 was $51,373, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $205,492 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, English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Kailua is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Spanish.