Kailua Kona 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 41,239 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Kailua Kona is the sixth largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Kailua Kona 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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kailua Kona is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kailua Kona is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kailua Kona who work in sales jobs (13.67%), office and administrative support (12.39%), and management occupations (11.07%).
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Kailua Kona is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Kailua Kona 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.
The overall education level of Kailua Kona citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.39% of adults in Kailua Kona have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Kailua Kona in 2018 was $38,245, which is wealthy relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,980 for a family of four. However, Kailua Kona contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kailua Kona is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kailua Kona home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kailua Kona residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Kailua Kona include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.
Kailua Kona also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.69%.
The most common language spoken in Kailua Kona is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.