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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; and any place you choose to call home, will definitely be five star. Not surprising, 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 incomes 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 on 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
If you live in Mililani Mauka, you probably know how great it is already.
Mililani Mauka has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($107,163). And the crime is really, really low (25th lowest in Hawaii).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
East Honolulu is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in Hawaii?
Homes are priced around $859,000 and residents have the 30th shortest commute in Hawaii.
Aiea takes 3rd place on our list of best places in Hawaii for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (10th overall) and things to do.
Aiea 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 $732,600 at the median.
Kaneohe is feeling the love as it ranks as the 4th best city to live in Hawaii for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (11th overall) and low crime (25th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Hawaii".
Waikele 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 4.5% of folks are jobless, you can bet Waikele residents are glad to live where they do.
Ocean Pointe had the 18th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.5%) and the 25th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Ocean Pointe is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.
The Town of Halawa consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let's see why Halawa ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Halawa are the 9th most expensive in the state of Hawaii, with the average home worth a whopping $638,700. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Halawa if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Halawa residents have the 9th highest income in the state, and the 25th lowest crime numbers in Hawaii.
Ewa Gentry has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Ewa Gentry has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.7% and lowering. And the Ewa Gentry police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 25th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
At an unemployment rate of 3.2%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Waipio. And the residents command high salaries ($77,902 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($492,300 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.
Well, I guess technically 4.5% of Laie 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, Laie also ranked well for crime (25th) and median income ($91,836).
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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