Waimanalo is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 5,676 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Waimanalo is the 28th largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Waimanalo 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, Waimanalo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waimanalo is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Waimanalo who work in office and administrative support (16.36%), sales jobs (11.01%), and maintenance occupations (8.82%).
One of the nice things about Waimanalo 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 Waimanalo, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.48 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Waimanalo is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Waimanalo is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.29% of adults 25 and older in Waimanalo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Waimanalo in 2018 was $29,868, 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 $119,472 for a family of four. However, Waimanalo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Waimanalo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waimanalo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waimanalo residents report their race to be Native Hawaiian, followed by Asian. Waimanalo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.91% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waimanalo include Portuguese, German, Italian, Irish, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Waimanalo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.