In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lays the biggest chain of islands, the Hawaiian Islands, and on the Island of Oahu within census tract number 78.07 (figure 1) is my home. This tract is in the southern part of the island and its east boundary is Aiea. This tract is also between two main roads: on the north there is the H-1 freeway, and from the south Moanalua Rd., which is also bordered with Pearl Ridge Shopping Center. This tract, even though it may not seem like it, is somehow in the middle of the island. It is located off the freeway which makes it convenient to reach other parts of the island. It is about a fifteen minute drive to down town, Waikiki, Kaneohe (east side), and Waipahu. A 25-30 minute drive will bring you to the North Shore or Ko Olina, which is located on the western end of the island. This tract appears to be a high-order central place that includes one of the four major malls on the island. In addition, Straub Clinic & Hospital is less than a mile away, and there are many restaurants, car repair shops, gas stations and schools nearby. The residents of this tract and other tracts nearby can find answers to almost all their needs and wants at a walking distance.
With the help of the U.S. Census Bureau I am able to analyze and understand better the nature and characteristics of this tract. Census tract number 78.07 is more than just a street and road map; it is a map that states the boundaries of different social demographic and economic components. With the updated information and data the U.S Census Bureau provides and with the field survey I have performed, I am able to analyze and describe the environment and people I live around.
In this tract there are 5,351 people and the number of males and females is relatively even with 47.1% female and 52.9% male. The majority of people are between the ages of 25-44: 23% are 25 to 34 years old and 20.5% are 35 to 44 years old, which makes a total of 2,309 people at this age group. It is obvious this area is home to younger adults with children than older people (the median age is 34.5). There are 304 children under the age of 5 (5.7%) while there are only 132 who are 75 years old and older. Indeed, when walking around the area you notice more young children with their parents, or groups of teenagers, than people in their older years. It seems that this tract is more appealing for younger families (45.4% are married compared to 12.9% who are divorced) with children under the age of 18 (490), than a household with individuals 65 years and over (96).
Big portions of the people in this tract (4,562) are 16 and over, which makes them eligible to hold a job and become part of the labor force. 79.5% of this group is part of the labor force. Within this number, 4.5% are unemployed (204 people), and 10.8% are in the armed forces. Women over sixteen represent almost half of the total population with 2,145 in number. The female labor force is smaller with only 72.8% participant, and only 63% employed. With today’s economic rollercoaster these numbers are relatively very good. The data on the average income supports and corresponds to the information mentioned above. 63% of working people are private wage and salary workers mainly in the management, professional, and other related occupational fields (34.8%) or in sales and office occupations (32.7%). Since this area is urban, there are only a few (only 5 people) who practice farming, fishing, or forestry occupations. In deed most of the people I meet in the elevator or see in that area are dressed up with suits, briefcases, and laptops on their shoulders. As for 1999, the median income for households was $41, 696 when 22.1% earned $50,000 to $74,999, 18.6% made $35,000 to $49,999, and only 5.6% made less than $10,000 a year. According to the make, model, and shape of cars and the people’s appearances, those numbers seem to be fairly accurate.
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