Wahiawa is a small city in Hawaii with approximately 17,000 residents. Retirees are a frequent sight, as they make up 19% of the population compared to 14% nationally. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (48%) their residence. With a relatively low average rent of $1,283 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Hawaii. Each month, renters in Wahiawa will save around $234 compared to the state average.
There are three primary industries in Wahiawa: entertainment, retail, and construction. Together, these industries account for 21% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's residents work in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of nearly $74K, Wahiawa workers earn less than their peers elsewhere in the state. Wahiawa's average income, however, is just about on par with the national average ($73,345). Wahiawa has a relatively high concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (7%) compared to the national average (5%). Furthermore, 11% have a Bachelor's degree and 3% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 35 minutes, longer than most cities in Hawaii, Wahiawa residents have found that traveling to work takes some patience. Driving a car or truck is the typical means of commuting to work, chosen by 38% of commuters, while public transportation is used by just 5% of the population. Walking (3%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
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