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Where do the smartest people in Hawaii live? New census data has answers

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  • STAR-ADVERTISER / FEB. 7, 2006

    In this 2006 file photo, homes are shown at Portlock point.

Where do the smartest people in Hawaii live? How about those who make the most money, or speak foreign languages?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the Hawaii State Data Center have the answers.

The agencies released data from five years of surveys, covering just under 10 percent of the population from 2010 to 2014.

The survey makes it possible to look at census data down to neighborhoods, although the margin of error can be quite high in smaller neighborhoods.

Here are some of the highlights:

Smartest people (population with a bachelors degree or higher)

The neighborhoods with the highest percentage of people with a college education are all on Oahu.

In order, they are the Schofield Forest Reserve, where it’s suggested that all of the estimated 91 people who live there have a college degree; Waialae Iki (75.4 percent); Portlock (73.8 percent); East Manoa (71.6 percent) and Kahauiki Street in Kalihi, (estimated population 1,074) where the survey suggests 70 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

On a side note, if you want to find the greatest concentration of people with at least a high school degree , go to military bases on Oahu, where in most neighborhoods, 100 percent of the adults have graduated from high school.

Richest neighborhoods (highest median income)

No surprises here, unless you are really snobby and think your neighborhood should be ranked higher.

The neighborhoods with the richest residents are: Round Top Drive-Tantalus ($183,958), Waialae Iki ($173,864), Portlock ($145,250), Judd Hillside-Lowrey Avenue ($144,219), Maunawili ($140,038) and Ko Olina Resort ($139,167).

The areas with the highest income area also among the areas with the highest median value of homes. The median price of an owner-occupied home in the above neighborhoods, except for Maunawili and Ko Olina, is over $1 million.

People who speak a language other than English

If you want to hear people speaking other languages, the census data suggests you go to Mayor Wright Housing (68.4 percent), Linapuni Street (68.3 percent), Umi Street (68.2 percent) and Chinatown (66.2 percent). Hanauma Bay, with an estimated population of 2, is actually ranked highest. But that census-designated neighborhood may be too small to be really be part of the ranking.

For more information on the American Community Survey go to:

For an analysis of Hawaii data go to:

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