Hilo 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 44,186 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Hilo is the fourth largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Hilo 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, Hilo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hilo is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilo who work in office and administrative support (11.86%), sales jobs (10.59%), and teaching (9.28%).
One of the nice things about Hilo 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 education level of Hilo citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.85% of adults in Hilo have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hilo in 2018 was $31,246, 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 $124,984 for a family of four. However, Hilo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hilo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hilo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hilo residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Hilo 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 Hilo include Portuguese, German, English, Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Hilo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.