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What do 1.4 million Hawaii residents know that we don't? Well, besides surfing and hula dancing, Hawaiians know that the Aloha State has some of the best places to live in America.
And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has uncovered the top ten best places to live in Hawaii for 2019.
How'd we do this?
We looked at Hawaii places with 5,000 or more residents. We took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety. Our conclusion, Hawaii is the land of sunshine and rainbows; so any place you choose to call home, will definitely be five star. Not surprising, because we can thank some of Hawaii's best places for Kona Coffee, macadamia nuts, and Hawaiian Airlines. And we can thank the other half for higher education institutions like The University of Hawaii and Chaminade University for educating the future of Hawaii.
So, what does it take to live in Hawaii's best of the best places? We suggest a good job. And the jobs that are keeping median income high and Hawaii's best places to live safe and enjoyable are in the medical field and tourism. More importantly, these jobs are keeping Hawaii's unemployment rate at 2.3% as well as one of the least dangerous states in the country.
We suggest you grab some spam, head to your favorite beach, and read on as we uncover the best of the best places in Hawaii for 2019.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Hawaii for 2019:
- 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)
Picture a cool, urban, Oahu Island city with great parks, gold star schools, and amazing people, and you will know what it's like to live in Hawaii's number one best place.
So, where is the best place to live in Hawaii for 2019? Well, according to the most recent FBI and Census data, that would be Mililani Mauka.
To see Hawaii's other best places to live, take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Hawaii For 2019
Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Mililani Mauka. Statistically the 25th safest place in the state, there were only 67 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It's really beautiful in Mililani Mauka, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $107,163 a year, and homes are valued at more than $614,600.
What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?
East Honolulu, population 47,957, is the largest 'big' city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a high population density, you get a very nice place to live.
East Honolulu has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, so we aren't alone in our analysis.
Aiea isn't just the nicest place to live in Hawaii - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It's got the 10th lowest unemployment rate, the 3rd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, Aiea definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Let's take a look at why Kaneohe is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Kaneohe, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.3% unemployment rate).
You can make Kaneohe your home for only $664,400 which won't be too hard on a $92,257 household salary.
Waikele offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town's charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 18th lowest in Hawaii and incomes are the 10th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Well, I guess technically 4.5% of Ocean Pointe residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 18th closest of any city in Hawaii.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Ocean Pointe also ranked well for crime (25th) and median income ($111,729).
Halawa is by far one of the best places to live in Hawaii: the math proves it! This city has the 10th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest median income in all of Hawaii.
Plus, the median home values are the 9th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 25th lowest in the state, making Halawa a safe and great place to live.
We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Ewa Gentry one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there's essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can't build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Ewa Gentry.
Waipio makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Hawaii mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 3.2% of folks are jobless, you can bet Waipio residents are glad to live where they do.
At an unemployment rate of 4.5%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Laie. And the residents command high salaries ($91,836 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($641,700 each).
We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Hawaii. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Hawaii
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Urban Honolulu with a population of 349,597 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 Cities 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
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Hawaii? That would be Mililani Mauka.
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.
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 the best place to live in Hawaii for 2019.
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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