Kailua Kona, HI
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Living in Kailua Kona


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 36,313 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Kailua Kona is the eighth 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 (12.75%), management occupations (12.06%), and office and administrative support (11.85%).

A relatively large number of people in Kailua Kona telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.86% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Kailua Kona has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Kailua Kona has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kailua Kona than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kailua Kona may be for you.

Kailua Kona is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The overall education level of Kailua Kona citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.04% 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 $38,455, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,820 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, English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Kailua Kona also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.69%.

The most common language spoken in Kailua Kona is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.


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