Where are the best places in the state of Hawaii?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Aloha State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Hawaii.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 49 places in Hawaii, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Mililani Mauka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- East Honolulu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Aiea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kaneohe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waikele (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Halawa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ewa Gentry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waipio (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Mililani Mauka if you’re thinking of moving to Hawaii — it’s the best the Aloha State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Hawaii.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 49 cities, 62 towns, and 23 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Hawaii
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Hawaii across a number of criteria from one to 49, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Hawaii”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Hawaii.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Mililani Mauka at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Mililani Mauka’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 4th highest, making Mililani Mauka a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Mililani Mauka has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
East Honolulu comes in at a close 2nd. They have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 1st highest median income as well, which means the people in East Honolulu are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 1st best in the state.
Aiea has a strong showing in our best places to live in Hawaii analysis, coming it at 3rd best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to Hawaii, Aiea is a great option.
Kaneohe ranks 4th on our list of best places to live in Hawaii thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Hawaii that we examined.
People have been flocking to Kaneohe over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Waikele has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Hawaii.
The unemployment rate is the 18th lowest in the state at 4.5%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $93,652, and the average cost of a home is $434,100. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Waikele one of America’s gems.
Perhaps what makes Ocean Pointe so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Ocean Pointe great. They also have the 2nd highest median income and the 45th shortest commute time.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Halawa so high on the list. Unless you live in Halawa.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.8%, Halawa residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Hawaii. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Halawa is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Halawa is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Ewa Gentry has a really low crime rate (25th lowest) and only 3.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($91,872). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Ewa Gentry.
Waipio is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $492,300 and households earn a median salary of $77,902. One could get used to that.
Who doesn’t want to live in Laie? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.5%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Laie in the news in the coming months.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Hawaii
If you’re looking at areas in Hawaii with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Mililani Mauka made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Hawaii
- Maunawili (Pop. 2,124)
- Heeia (Pop. 4,536)
- Puhi (Pop. 3,942)
- Kaanapali (Pop. 1,068)
- Ko Olina (Pop. 1,691)
- Lawai (Pop. 2,152)
- Pupukea (Pop. 4,998)
- Hanapepe (Pop. 2,687)
- Poipu (Pop. 1,057)
- Waikapu (Pop. 3,266)
Best Small Towns To Live In Hawaii
- Mahinahina (Pop. 902)
- Launiupoko (Pop. 463)
- Kapalua (Pop. 310)
- Kalihiwai (Pop. 303)
- Maalaea (Pop. 339)
- Puako (Pop. 795)
- Kawela Bay (Pop. 274)
- Paukaa (Pop. 511)
- Waikane (Pop. 621)
- Honomu (Pop. 443)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Hawaii according to the data:
- Makaha (Pop. 8,934)
- Waianae (Pop. 13,426)
- Hawaiian Paradise Park (Pop. 11,787)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Hawaii
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