Wailuku 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 16,122 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wailuku is the 13th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Wailuku 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, Wailuku is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wailuku is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wailuku who work in office and administrative support (12.09%), management occupations (11.00%), and sales jobs (9.53%).
Of important note, Wailuku is also a town of artists. Wailuku has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wailuku’s character.
One of the nice things about Wailuku 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.
In Wailuku, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Wailuku is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The percentage of people in Wailuku who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.22% of adults in Wailuku have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wailuku in 2018 was $33,250, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $133,000 for a family of four. However, Wailuku contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wailuku is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wailuku home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wailuku residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Wailuku also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.99% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wailuku include German, Portuguese, Irish, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Wailuku is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Japanese.