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.
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)
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 10 Best Places To Live In Hawaii For 2019
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Hawaii, Mililani Mauka came in 1st. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Mililani Mauka has an impressive history for a place of just over 20,322 people. The median home costs a cool $614,600 and households make $107,163 which is good for 4th in Hawaii.
East Honolulu 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 2nd lowest unemployment rate, the highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, East Honolulu definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
If you own a home in Aiea, you’re aware that your home values are skyrocketing right now. That’s a sign that things are going swimmingly. Most people there have good jobs, and the commute times are short.
The median home costs a cool $732,600 and households make $108,517 which is good for 3rd in Hawaii.Aiea has a well deserved spot on this list.
If you want to live in Hawaii, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Kaneohe area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $92,257 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Kaneohe as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Kaneohe.
Waikele is feeling the love as it ranks as the 5th best city to live in Hawaii for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (10th 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”.
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 Ocean Pointe.
The median home costs a cool $582,700 and households make $111,729 which is good for 2nd in Hawaii.
Add that all up and Ocean Pointe places 6th in our ranking of the best places to live in Hawaii for 2019.
If you live in Halawa, you probably know how great it is already.
Halawa has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($95,065). And the crime is really, really low (25th lowest in Hawaii).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Ewa Gentry’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 12th highest, making Ewa Gentry a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Ewa Gentry has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Waipio is known for having a great education system and has the 28th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Waipio is the 5th lowest in Hawaii and the median income is the 2highest in the state.
Let’s take a look at why Laie is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in Laie, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.5% unemployment rate).
You can make Laie your home for only $641,700 which won’t be too hard on a $91,836 household salary.
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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