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.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Mililani Mauka 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 Mililani Mauka.
East Honolulu has a really low crime rate (25th lowest) and only 2.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($114,122). 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 East Honolulu.
Aiea is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 3rd best place in Hawaii?
Homes are priced around $732,600 and residents have the 19th shortest commute in Hawaii.
In Kaneohe, everyone loves to call Kaneohe home! The median home value is the 7th highest in Hawaii.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 15th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Aloha State.
Kaneohe should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
The tiny town of Waikele may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Hawaii residents know, Waikele is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Ocean Pointe 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 $582,700 and households earn a median salary of $111,729. One could get used to that.
Halawa has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Hawaii. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Halawa is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Halawa residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Ewa Gentry takes 8th place on our list of best places in Hawaii for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (9th overall) and things to do.
Ewa Gentry is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $468,800 at the median.
Waipio 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 5th lowest unemployment rate, the 21st highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Waipio definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Laie.
The median home costs a cool $641,700 and households make $91,836 which is good for 13th in Hawaii.
Add that all up and Laie places 10th in our ranking of the best places to live in Hawaii for 2018.
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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